Kaitlyn Hunt Pleads Guilty, Gets Jail Time
Kaitlyn Hunt, 19, has pleaded guilty to five criminal counts pertaining to sexual relations with a minor.
Hunt will be in jail for the next four months. After that time, she will have two years of house arrest with electric monitoring followed by nine months of probation for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl.
If Hunt has no violations during this time, she will not be a convicted felon under Florida law and will have the possibility of sealing her file.
Hunt and the 14-year-old girl, both on the high school basketball team, were allegedly in a consensual relationship. When the coach found out, she called the younger girl’s parents who had Hunt kicked off the team and expelled from school. They also called the police.
Police had the girl call Hunt to talk about their relationship. Because of the details of the conversation and because Hunt was considered an adult (she was 18 at the time), they arrested her and charged her with two counts of felony child abuse for “lewd and lascivious conduct on a child ages 12-14.”
Hunt’s lawyers claimed authorities wouldn’t have gone after Hunt had it not been a homosexual relationship.
Hunt’s parents have been outwardly critical of the teen’s parents reporting the relationship to the police.
“If we start arresting kids for having sex or sexting, you might as well turn the high schools into prisons,” they said.
The teen’s parents said they never intended to hurt Hunt, nor did the sexual orientation of the relationship matter.
“It was about age-appropriate relationships and following the rules and laws of our society,” the statement said.