VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend accepted a plea deal Thursday that her attorney says is in her best interest.
Kaitlyn Hunt, 19, pleaded no contest to battery, interference with child custody and contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child.
Hunt was charged in February with having sex with a 14-year-old female schoolmate. Hunt was 18 at the time. A previous plea deal was withdrawn in August following allegations that Hunt exchanged thousands of texts with the girl and sent her nude photos. A judge revoked her bond, sending her to jail. Prosecutors added a charge of transmitting material harmful to a minor.
Under the terms of Thursday's deal, Hunt will stay in jail until mid-December but won't have to register as a sex offender. She is prohibited from having contact with her girlfriend, faces probation and must perform 150 hours of community service.
Her attorney, A. Julia Graves, said in a letter to Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Hunt's goal after completing the conditions of her deal would be to work toward changing the law so that teens attending the same school can't be prosecuted for having sexual relationships, regardless of sexual orientation.
"Kaitlyn, her family, friends and supporters never want to see another teenager in this kind of situation," Graves said.