A teenage girl charged with having sex with a 14-year-old schoolmate, another girl. And that's causing part of the problem. The case is raising a lot of questions, including is the defendant being... See More
A teenage girl charged with having sex with a 14-year-old schoolmate, another girl. And that's causing part of the problem. The case is raising a lot of questions, including is the defendant being treated more harshly because of her sexual orientation. At 19, caitlin should be decorating a college dormroom. Instead, this morning, she is locked in a jail cell. The teen is awaiting trial in florida, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a fellow high school student. The other girl was under the age of consent. When the younger girl's parents reported the relationship in february, prosecutors charged hunt with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child. On tuesday, a judge revoked her bail after police say she did just that, allegedly exchanging 20,000 texts with the girl since her arrest. Many of them were explicit. I also observed videos and pictures of caitlin hunt. Reporter: Hunt, seen here, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackles, has yet to enter a plea. But her family and friends say they're convinced she is being singled out for being gay. I don't think either one of these girls thought that anything they did was wrong. I certainly don't see her as a danger to the community. Reporter: But overnight, an attorney for the young victim says her family decided to report hunt because of the age issue alone. The disapproval had nothing to do with sexual orientation. There was sexual activity between a 14-year-old child and an 18-year-old adult. That's a violation of the law. Reporter: Adding to hunt's troubles this morning, prosecutors are no longer offering a potential plea deal, meaning she could be labeled a sex offender and face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Abc news spoke to hunt's parents this spring about what they said they feared most. The state attorney, and can do anything they want to. But it's destined for her. All of her goals will be unreachable. Reporter: Now, caitlin hunt did express in some of the text messages, she knew she could get in trouble for contacting the girl. But she did it anyway. Let's bring in abc's chief legal affairs anchor, dan abrams. First major mistake for kaitlyn, those text messages. And sending the allegedly lewd images. These now been charged with an additional crime. I think there's a mistake, not accepting the plea deal. Why should she accept this deal? Why? Because the florida law is going to be really tough for her to deal with. Put aside whether you think she ought to have been prosecuted. The minute they indicted her, she's in big trouble here because of the law. I happen to think this florida law is a little wacky. Why? A 23-year-old can legally have sex with a 16-year-old in the state of florida. But not a senior and a freshman in high school. That gives the prosecutors very little discretion. In all of these cases, put aside the same-sex, different sex. It's often prosecuted because the younger person's parents call the authorities. And then, they got these laws in the vast majority of states, where basically it says, technically, if you had sex with a minor, senior and freshman, you can be prosecuted. Once you get prosecuted, you're in big troubled. You don't think she's being singled out because she's a same-sex relationship? I don't know the answer to that requestquestion. Now that she's been prosecuted, and it happens in other cases, when you get an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old and 15-year-old and you get the 18-year-old prosecuted, it happens. And it often happens because the parents report it. At this point, I don't think she's being treated differently because it's same-sex. Whether she was initially prosecuted because of that, you know, you'd have to dig in with the family members, et cetera. Dan, thank you.
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