So much for having a high school sweetheart! Kaitlyn Hunt, the 18-year-old Florida cheerleader charged in February with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor — her 15-year-old high school girlfriend— has until Friday to decide whether to accept a plea deal. Hunt was expelled from Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla. and charged in February. Accepting the plea deal would prevent her serving substantial prison time, but label her as a convicted felon and require her to attend sex offender counseling.
If convicted, Hunt faces up to 15 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her days.
Many people, including Hunt’s family, believe the charges wouldn’t have been filed if the couple was straight. The younger girl’s family urged the school to expel Hunt when they learned of the girls’ relationship and soon after formally pressed charges, despite the fact that their daughter said Hunt never pressured her into having sex. A Facebook page and a petition have been launched to help end the
persecution prosecution of Hunt.
CBS reports the internet “hacktivist” group Anonymous is also among those who’ve expressed public indignation over Hunt’s arrest and released a statement blaming it on “intolerance.” Well, yeah, obviously, but the group, noted for hacking government websites and releasing embarrassing info about its targets, issued a statement to the press which pretty much sums up public sentiment. It reads in part:
“The truth is, Kaitlyn Hunt is a bright young girl who was involved in a consensual, same-sex relationship while both she and her partner were minors. She has a big future ahead of her and there are people, thousands of people in fact, that have no intention of allowing you to ruin it with your rotten selective enforcement.”