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According to Hunt, the relationship was consensual and began shortly after Hunt turned eighteen.
When Hunt was initially asked if she thought she had done something wrong, she stated, “Do I think I made a mistake dating someone in high school, that I went to school with and I played basketball with? No, I don’t think I made a mistake.” The arrest affidavit describes some of the sexual encounters by the two girls.See for example: Huffington Post report: Florida Teen, Faces Felony Charges Over Same-Sex Relationship As a criminal defense attorney who has practiced law in Gainesville, Florida, for more than 25 years, I’ve represented dozens of teenagers charged with sex offenses for engaging in sexual activity with another teen.This most recent case has apparently gained internet traction in the public view only because it involves teenagers of the same sex.Technically speaking, under the terms of the statute, if two fifteen year olds engage in sexual activity together, they are both committing sex offenses upon each other under Florida law.Don’t get me wrong, I oppose the prosecution of the Florida teenager referenced in the following articles: Florida Girl, 18, Arrested and Expelled After Relationship With 15-year-old Female Classmate, New York Daily News, May 19, 2013 Florida lesbian, 18, faces 15 years in prison for having sex with 14-year-old high school basketball teammate, Bradenton Herald, May 20, 2013Kaitlyn Hunt's Charges Will Not Be Dropped, Florida State Attorney Says, Broward Palm Beach New Times, May 21, 2013 The reality is that this type of prosecution involving teenagers engaged in sexual activity is common in Florida - outrageous, but common.
This author ultimately believes that when the case before the judge is between two teenagers who met in high school, the consequences for having sexual contact should be much more lenient than when the case involves a fully grown adult and a high school student.