Central Florida Teen Faces Felony Charges Over Underage Gay Relationship

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According to Examiner, Kaitlyn Hunt from Sebastian, Florida, has been charged with two felony counts of “lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16” after her girlfriend’s parents pressed charges in February.

The case has sparked a Facebook campaign and an online petition asking for the charges to be dropped. Even the group of international hacktivists Anonymous is willing to step in if the teen is convicted.

According to Kaitlyn Hunt’s mother, Kelley Hunt-Smith, police arrived on Feb. 16 and arrested her daughter. Hunt-Smith writes that her daughter was in a “mutual consenting relationship” and that both parents had known about it.

“These people never came to us as parents, never tried to speak to us ... and tell us they had a problem with the girls dating,”  Hunt-Smith, wrote in an statement posted to Facebook. “... They were out to destroy my daughter. feel like my daughter ‘made’ their daughter gay.”

The parents of the underage teen also pushed to have Kaitlyn removed from Sebastian River High School and she had to finish the last weeks of classes at an an “alternative school;” she will, however, be allowed to attend senior events at her previous school.

An online petition urging the Indian River County State Attorney's Office to stop prosecution of Kaitlyn Hunt has amassed more than 50,000 signatures as of publication.

For its part, Anonymous launched #OpJustice4Kaitlyn on May 19, releasing the following statement addressed to the Indian River County State Attorney's Office:

“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.” Sergio N. Candido