Senator Thad Altman is hoping to change sex laws that are affecting high school senior Kaitlyn Hunt, who was charged with a felony for having sexual relations with another female student at her school.
Hunt, 18, started dating her schoolmate back in November 2012, when her girlfriend was 14 and Hunt was 17. When the now 15-year-old’s parents found out about the relationship between the two, they claimed that Hunt was trying to turn their daughter gay and pressed charges.
Hunt’s mother took to Facebook to write about how angry she was with the parents, because they didn’t talk to them about how they felt about the two girls dating. She also discussed how she felt that the charges were a cruel way to come after her daughter.
Hunt was expelled and arrested. She refused to settle for the plea deal, which would have put her under house arrest and made her register as a sex offender. She now faces up to 15 years in prison if the judge doesn’t rule in her favor.
“You would like to think this wouldn’t happen in this country, two teenagers in a moment of passion do something consensual and suddenly one is facing fifteen years in prison,” Senator Altman said in an interview with WPTV.
Under Florida law, it is illegal for an 18-year-old to have sexual relations with anyone under the age of 16.
Although Senator Altman and Hunt’s attorney said they would fight to change the laws, other attempts made before have failed.
Hunt has support from family and friends; meanwhile, Hunt’s girlfriend’s parents and attorneys are dismissing claims that the case is an unfair pursuit of justice.