In a case involving more twists and turns since Jared Fogle, “the Subway guy,” a Florida, high school cheerleader was jailed for having sex with an underage classmate.
While most high school seniors prepare for graduation and look forward to their future, Kaitlyn Hunt was fighting what she and her family termed bigotry. The 18-year old was looking at going to jail instead of college for dating another student — a female student.
Highly respected at Florida’s Sebastian River High, Hunt was voted “most school spirit.” Everything changed when she began dating a girl she met on the basketball team.
Hunt’s father, Steven R. Hunt, Jr., said the relationship created waves at the school. His daughter was dropped from basketball as the coach feared the same-sex relationship would bring undesired drama.
The family was devastated when law enforcement visited their home to arrest the teenager. Kaitlyn was charged with two felonies of lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 16-years old. The 15-year old girlfriend’s parents pressed charges, and now Kaitlyn’s parents feel the other set of parents are on a mission to destroy their daughter’s life.
“They are out to destroy my daughter,” said Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley. “They see being gay as wrong. Of course, I see it 100% differently.
Nick Wooldridge, founder of LV Criminal Defense, asserts the problems for the Hunt family continues as Kaitlyn continues to see words like “criminal,” and “rapist” scrawled throughout the school.
Although Kaitlyn has been offered a plea bargain consisting of two years of house arrest, followed by a year of probation, she and her parents, along with their attorney are taking a close look. The delay would create problems in the next juncture of life as well as stay on her permanent adult record.
Following final disposition of her case which ultimately consisted of four months in jail, two years of house arrest and three years probation, Hunt has moved on.
In February, she revealed she has a new girlfriend, La Tasha Thomas. Thomas comes with her criminal record. In 2006, she was sentenced to 6 months behind bars for unlawful possession of a controlled substance — marijuana and was arrested in 2012 for domestic battery.
“I just want to put everything behind me,” Hunt told ABC News. “I’d like to do the correct thing and get it over with.”