An 18-year-old Florida teen was arrested in February over what her mother calls a “mutual consenting relationship” with a girl three years her junior. Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt was taken into police custody and charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on child after her girlfriend’s parents contacted the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Kaitlyn’s mom says the complaints were motivated by homophobic bigotry.
In a Facebook post the mother of the accused girl explained:
They were out to destroy my daughter, they feel like my daughter ‘made’ their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter.
She went on to say:
On Saturday February 16th our families world was shattered and our daughters nightmare begun. The police came to our home and arrested my daughter, put her in hand cuffs and we had no idea why. They refused to tell us anything at first because she had turned 18. Kate was ripped out of our arms, terrified, crying hysterically. My younger daughter was there at the time, my husband and myself, we were mortified. They finally told us she was being arrested on “probable cause”. I asked them probable cause of what, they said sexual battery on a person 12-16 years old. My heart dropped, I knew then that it had to have been her girlfriend’s parents. These people never came to us as parents, never tried to speak to us, didn’t try to get the school involved to speak to us and tell us they had a problem with the girls dating, not one single word. Instead, they set out their vengeance and had my child arrested on FELONY charges.