By LUCY ORMONDE
So this is Kaitlyn Hunt.
Kaitlyn – or ‘Kate’ as she’s known to her friends – doesn’t look like society’s stereotype of a sex offender. She doesn’t look like a person who could be about to spend 15 years in prison for child abuse. But that’s exactly what’s happening to 18-year-old Kaitlyn right now.
Kaitlyn is what many would call “a model student.” She’s a cheerleader and a basketball player at her school in the US state of Florida. She’s also a camp counselor and cheering coach and was once voted as having the “most school spirit.”
When she was 17, Kaitlyn entered into a relationship with a girl from her basketball team. The girl was 14 when she and Kaitlyn met and stuck up a friendship. She was 15 when they started dating in September last year.
And that’s when Kaitlyn’s seemingly normal life began to shatter into pieces.
According to a Facebook post written by Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, Kaitlyn was kicked off the basketball team when their coach found out about the relationship.
When the girls’ basketball coach found out that two of her players were dating, she kicked Kaitlyn off the team and informed her girlfriend’s parents that their daughter was in a same-sex relationship. The parents then conspired with police to entrap Kaitlyn and press charges.
According to Ms Hunt-Smith, the 15-year-old’s parents are out to destroy Kaitlyn “because they feel like she ‘made’ their daughter gay.”
On the 16th of February this year, Kaitlyn was arrested and charged with two counts of felony.
Specifically, lewd and lascivious battery on a child aged between 12 and 16.