A high school senior who was involved in a sexual relationship with a fellow high school basketball teammate is now facing felony sexual assault charges, and she and her parents insist the criminal complaint against her stems solely from her partner’s parents being opposed to homosexuality.
As reported by the New York Times and a wide variety of other outlets, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery after she admitted to having a sexual encounter with a former girlfriend at Sebastian (Fla.) Sebastian River High, where both Hunt and her alleged victim are students. Hunt admitted that the pair had a later sexual encounter at the school and at least one sexual encounter in her bedroom when her then-lover had reportedly fled her own home.
While both teenagers were students at the same school, their relationship was brought under legal review because of age differences. While Hunt is an 18-year-old senior, her partner was a 14-year-old freshman. Florida state laws prohibit an 18-year-old from engaging in a sexual act with anyone 16 or younger, and because her age qualifies her as an adult, Hunt is now facing hard felony charges.
The pair reportedly met while playing for the Sebastian River basketball team, and their relationship began shortly thereafter. The two proceeded as many teens would in a relationship and did not encounter trouble -- legal or otherwise -- until the younger teenager’s parents were told about the relationship by one of the basketball team's coaches, and then decided to alert authorities about the age discrepancy.
For his part, Hunt’s father insists in an online petition that his daughter is being persecuted purely because of she is involved in a homosexual relationship. The ACLU has also chimed in to offer their two cents that Hunt is being brought on charges because of her sexual orientation.
“Kaitlyn’s girlfriend’s parents are pressing charges because they are against the same-sex relationship, even though their daughter has stated that this is a consensual relationship,” Steven Hunt wrote. “Now she’s been expelled from school and is facing serious felonies — all because she is in love.”Read More »from Florida basketball player facing felony charges because of sexual relationship with teen teammate