According to prosecutors, Kaitlyn Hunt, the lesbian basketball player accused of having sex with her 14-year-old teammate, defied court orders by not only remaining in contact with the underage girl, but having intimate contact with her as recently as two weeks ago. The two have reportedly been in almost daily contact since Hunt’s last day at Sebastian River High six months ago, when prosecutors allege that Hunt “placed an iPod into the child victim’s locker.”
The state claims to be in possession of “approximately 20,000 text messages,” including over twenty-five explicit photographs of Hunt nude and at least two videos in which she is masturbating. All of the photographs and videos were sent after the court had ordered Hunt not to have any contact with the teenager.
Hunt allegedly knew that she was violating the court order and that doing so could land her jail. Shortly after giving the girl the iPod in May, Hunt reportedly implored her to “be careful,” because “[i]f they find out we talked I’m going to jail.”
The more serious allegation by prosecutors is that Hunt repeatedly met with the teenager, a direction violation of the court order that she not come within 500 feet of her. Prosecutors claim that “the defendant coordinated secret meetings with the child victim,” during which the two “would have intimate personal contact.” Because the Florida criminal code defines this contact as a “dangerous crime,” prosecutors petitioned the court to order a pretrial detention of Hunt and possibly her mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, who is accused of instructing her daughter’s alleged victim to destroy all evidence of the unlawful contact.
Hunt had been offered a deal that did not involve jail time or registering as a sex offender if she plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts of battery and one felony count of interference of child custody. She had not indicated whether she would accept it at the time this new evidence was revealed.
The charges against Hunt point to a conflicting standard within Florida law. While consensual sexual contact with anyone under the age of 16 is illegal, it is only mandatory to report it if the alleged perpetrator is a person “responsible for the child’s welfare.” Thus, as in many states, it generally falls to the parents of the younger person to report the sexual contact and urge the prosecutor to press charges. The parents of the alleged victim in the case have said they only went to the police after Hunt refused to end the romance, while Hunt’s parents allege the younger teenager’s parents only objected to the relationship because it was same sex.
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Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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