Your Editor, as he has previously noted, never had a whole lot of sympathy for Kaitlyn Hunt, the accused statutory rapist of a 14 year old freshman girl in her high school, when Miss Hunt was an 18 year old senior. Nevertheless, while your Editor believes that the law should be applied uniformly, without regard to race or sex, he did believe that this was the result of teenagers with raging hormones more than any criminal intent. The law, of course, is the law, and Miss Hunt’s alleged victim was well below the age of consent. While Miss Hunt’s parents tried to claim that their lovely daughter was being persecuted because she is a lesbian, hoping to drive some sort of political wedge which might force the prosecution to drop the charges — and Miss Hunt turned down a very generous plea offer, which would have let her avoid prison and not have to register as a sex offender — it has been obvious that, had she been an 18-year-old boy who had been molesting a 14-year-old girl, she’d never have gotten even that generous an offer.
Unfortunately, Miss Hunt’s subsequent behavior has moved this well beyond raging hormones. From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain, who has been following this case closely:
Posted on | August 20, 2013 |UPDATE 3:10 p.m. ET: Elliot Jones reports at WPTV-TV:
Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg revoked bond for Kaitlyn Hunt, and she’ll remain jailed until a trial, that’s so far unscheduled.
The judge also added a new charge to her court record — transmitting material harmful to a minor by electronic equipment, a third-degree felony.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” Pegg said in ordering Hunt held in jail without bail.
A tearful Kaitlyn Hunt, in a bright orange jail jumpsuit and shackles, periodically glanced at her father in the Indian River County courtroom, as Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Sheppard testified about new evidence in her teen sex case having to do with being in contact with the victim via electronic equipment.
UPDATE 2:05 p.m. ET: Bond was revoked after Judge Robert Pegg described evidence of Kaitlyn Hunt’s violation of her pretrial release as “overwhelming.” An arraignment date was set for the new charges of transmitting “material harmful to minors,” and Hunt was escorted out of the courtroom and back to the Indian River County Jail.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m. ET: Kaitlyn Hunt was handcuffed and shackled and wearing an orange jail uniform when she appeared in court today, facing new felony charges of violating her bond and sending illegal graphic sex materials to her underage girlfriend.
Detective Jeremy Shepherd testified about the explicit photos and video Hunt sent to the minor, who is now 15. He said he was contacted on Aug. 6 after the younger girl’s father found an iPod that Hunt had given the victim in March. This was used to transmit more than 20,000 text messages, photos and video. Detective Shepherd said that while the explicit video that shows Hunt masturbating only shows the defendant from the waist down, he was able to identify her from her pierced bellybutton and tattoos.1
More at the link.
The LGBT community was initially very supportive of Miss Hunt’s situation, until they discovered that her loving parents lied from the start of their publicity campaign, thinking that this really was a vendetta against Miss Hunt because she is homosexual. But it’s becoming clear that Miss Hunt’s problems have been more than hormones: she has been free on bond, but under the restriction that she have no contact whatsoever with the victim. If she was horny, she could have found someone else to scratch her itches, someone who was of legal age.
Instead, she has pursued her victim, to the extent of sending her thousands of text messages, and a video of herself masturbating. Not only does that violate the terms of her bond, the sending of such a video to a minor — the victim is now only 15 — is a felony. She has gone from turning down a plea deal which would have kept her out of jail, to committing yet another felony.
This isn’t just hormones; these allegations, if proved, constitute an obsession, a Mary Kay Letourneau level obsession. Mrs Letourneau spent seven years in prison for her obsession.
Your Editor really doesn’t want to see people go to jail unnecessarily, but it appears that Miss Hunt has made it necessary. What he does want is for everybody to be treated equally under the law, and that a sweet, green-eyed cheerleader like Miss Hunt not get a break which wouldn’t be given to an 18 year old male.
- I’d point out here that the identification of the owner of the genitals in question does not matter; it is the transmission of said material which constitutes the crime. The crime would be the same if the genitals depicted were attached to were Sydney Leathers or Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. ↩