Prosecutors in Indian River County are planning to put a high school senior on trial for a romance with a classmate. If that doesn’t sound sufficiently bizarre, consider this: If convicted, this teenager could spend up to 15 years in prison and the rest of her life as a registered sex offender.
The story of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt has become international news because her romantic relationship was with another female, a 14-year-old teammate on Sebastian River High School’s basketball team. The “Free Kate” movement has been widely seen as a gay-rights cause. But more than anything, this case is about the backwardness of Florida’s child molestation laws, which criminalize romantic behavior between high school students.
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