CNN is reporting that Florida teenager Kaitlyn Hunt has agreed to a new plea deal with prosecutors in that state. You may remember that Kaitlyn is in jail on charges related to her relationship with a younger girl.
Under the plea deal, CNN reports that Kaitlyn “would be sentenced to four months in jail, to be followed by two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring, and nine months of monitored probation after that . . . If she has no violations, she will not be a convicted felon under Florida law, and she will have the possibility of sealing her file and having the case expunged after 10 years.”
Which pretty much puts Kaitlyn out of circulation until the younger girl is 18.
There was a huge uproar and protest from the LGBT communities when the case first hit the news last winter. Many believed that the parents of the younger girl — 14 at the time — were taking action against Kaitlyn — 18 at the time — because it was a same-sex relationship. There were many cries of discrimination and homophobia. There were also cries from many that if it had been an 18-year-old boy in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, he would be in big trouble, i.e. major jail time.
Empathy and sympathy from the LGBT communities evaporated later when Kaitlyn turned down deals with the prosecution and, despite a court order, continued seeing the younger girl — which consequently landed her in jail, awaiting trial.
I don’t know either of the girls in this case, and I don’t know the depth of their feelings for each other. But I do know that love between young people often defies the parameters set by adults. I suspect the prosecutor in this case recognizes that, too, given the nature of the deal — which, incidentally, also serves to avoid a controversial trial guaranteed to garner sensationalistic media coverage around the world.
Kaitlyn is due back in court Thursday morning, according to CNN.