Kaitlyn Hunt, Florida teen facing felony charges for underage same-sex relationship, breaks silence
Victim's lawyer says justice must be served
11:49 AM, May 23, 2013
3:41 PM, May 23, 2013
SEBASTIAN, Fla. - The 18-year-old Florida girl who is facing felony charges for her sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female schoolmate broke her silence on Wednesday in front of a crowd of supporters.
When Kaitlyn Hunt first took to the podium, she broke down and was embraced by her mother and father.
Hunt faces two felony charges of lewd and lascivious battery.
"I'm scared of losing my life, the rest of my life and not being able to go to college or be around kids. Be around my sisters and my family," said Kaitlyn Hunt.
If Hunt is convicted of having a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, she will have to register as a "sex offender."
Her lawyer, Julia Graves, is asking the charges be reduced to a misdemeanor.
"This is a life sentence for behavior that is all too common. Whether male, female, gay, straight. High school relationships may be fleeting but felony convictions are forever," said Graves.
Hunt the last few days have been a whirlwind.
"Definitely overwhelming to say the least. Scared. I'm scared. Just kind of hopeful, hopeful for the best," said Hunt.
A plea deal is on the table that would include a charge of child abuse, two years of house arrest and one year of probation.
"It takes into account the seriousness of the offense, it takes into a account that it's a violation of Florida law. A second-degree felony and that the plea offer allows her to enter a plea that she will not go to jail and she will not be labeled as a sex offender. So there's no argument that her life is being ruined by this plea offer," said Charles Sullivan Jr., the 14-year-old victim's attorney.
Sullivan said the family of the victim just wants there to be consequences for what has happened. He insists it has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
Sullivan also spoke of the condition of his client.
"Not well at all. The entire event has been a significant trauma to her, to the family, to everyone involved," said Sullivan
As the Friday deadline to accept or reject the plea deal looms, Hunt had a message for all of her supporters.
"I would just say thank you and just continue to keep supporting me and my family through this. And just thank you, that's all I really have to say," said Hunt.
The Indian River County State Attorney's office has said they will not bend on the plea deal of a charge of child abuse.