Did you hear about the case of an 18 year old former student in Florida who was charged, in February, with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child.

Kaitlyn Hunt, is getting lots of sympathy after being criminally charged over her sexual relationship with her 14-year-old girlfriend.  Hunt and the younger girl were basketball teammates.  Hunt’s parents say the girl’s parents went to the police, “because they blamed Kaitlyn for their child’s homosexuality.  Hunt’s family has put up a Facebook page called “Free Kate,” with links to T-shirts, bracelets, and a petition.  More than 45,000 people have signed it. The Florida ACLU has spoken out on her behalf, saying this is a harmless, consensual relationship.

The mother of the younger girl, meanwhile, reportedly says that “I am just a mom protecting my daughter” and that this is not about gay rights.  The prosecutors also do not see a shadow of homophobia.  “The law doesn’t make any differentiation.  It doesn’t matter if it’s two girls or two boys, or an older boy and a younger girl or an older girl and a younger boy.  Whatever the combination, it doesn’t matter,” State Attorney Bruce Colton said.  When the relationship became known to school officials, she was kicked off the basketball team and has since been expelled from school.  Now she has to decide whether to plead guilty to lesser charges of child abuse, in exchange for which, Colton says, he’ll recommend a sentence of two years of house arrest.  If Hunt goes to trial, on the other hand, she could wind up having to register as a sex offender and face up to 10 years in prison.

There is a lot of debate over whether it was consensual or is the state pushing the issue because of the same sex relationship.  There is also the question of should it be treated like in some states, like Georgia, that treats all sexual relationships between teenagers as misdemeanors.  Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents are understandably complaining about selective prosecution.  They are absolutely right that most of the time no one calls the cops when a high school senior has sex with a freshman.  Surely most of the time, it’s a call from an unhappy parent that prompts police involvement.

Parents and their children need to be aware of the laws in their perspective states and I realize, that a lot of parents allow their underage daughter’s to date men who are of legal adult age.  It’s when the sex act comes into play, that there may be a problem.  But, until the law is changed, you are going to see some injustices in how the law is enforced.

This is not a question of gay-rights but, one of an adult having sex with a minor.  In these cases of teenage romance, making people register as a sex offender seems overly harsh and should never be imposed.  But, being an adult restricts you from having any relationships with any minors and this girl knew this going in, or should have.

Maybe the parents of this girl should be charged because of their apparent complicity in the relationship between their daughter and this minor child.

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