Media's Favorite Alleged Sex Offender Kaitlyn Hunt Repeatedly Disobeyed Court Orders to Not Contact Victim

Back in May, liberal media outlets like Slate, the New York Times and MSNBC made a bit of a cause celebre the plight of a young Florida woman, Kaitlyn Hunt, who is charged with sex offenses for a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old classmate. Hunt's parents claim she is only being prosecuted because of the same-sex nature of the relationship, suggesting that anti-gay bigotry was motivating the prosecution.

Well, Robert Stacy McCain over at ViralFeed has an excellent August 15 post which shows that prosecutors have evidence that Hunt repeatedly violated court orders not to contact the alleged victim, sent graphic photos and videos to the victim, and even arranged rendezvous with the victim for sexual liaisons (emphasis mine, warning: disturbing language):


The 19-year-old Florida cheerleader accused of having a lesbian affair with a 14-year-old has violated a court order to have no contact with her alleged victim, prosecutors said Thursday. A document that prosecutors filed with the judge overseeing the controversial case says Kaitlyn Hunt sent the younger girl more than 20,000 text messages, “lewd” photos and an explicit masturbation video even after Hunt was arrested and ordered not to contact her victim.

Hunt was charged in February with two felony counts in the case in Florida, where the legal age of consent is 16. The case made national news in May when Hunt rejected a plea deal offered by state prosecutors that would have kept her out of prison in return for pleading guilty to a lesser felony charge. Hunt’s parents, Steven Hunt Jr. and Kelley Hunt Smith, launched an online “Free Kate” campaign that gathered widespread support from gay rights activists, including the group Equality Florida, as well as the Florida chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The case was featured on NBC’s Today show, on CNN and other major news outlets.

As is customary in criminal cases, Hunt was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim, who was a freshman at Sebastian River High School, where Hunt was an 18-year-old senior at the time. But in a document filed Thursday with Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg, prosecutors said Hunt repeatedly violated that order, continuing the illegal sexual affair and attempting to persuade the victim not to provide evidence and testimony against her.

Hunt put an iPod in the younger girl’s locker at school, state attorney Bruce H. Colton said in the notification seeking revocation of Hunt’s bond. The iPod was used by Hunt to send more than 20,000 text messages, “lewd and lascivious” photos and at least one pornographic video to the younger girl, Colton said. “These photographs are explicit and depict [Hunt] nude, sometimes engaged in sex acts such as placing her fingers inside her vagina,” Colton wrote, while the video “explicitly depicts [Hunt] masturbating by rubbing her vagina with her fingers while moaning.”

Hunt also “coordinated secret meetings” with the younger girl, picking her up and driving “to a remote location where they would have intimate contact.” Such rendevous “have taken place as recently as two weeks ago,” Colton said the younger girl told Detective Jeremy Shepherd of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

All of that, if proved true in court, shows that Hunt is obsessed with her victim, that she is exhibiting predatory behavior, and that she is attempting to obstruct justice by pressuring her victim into silence.

The same liberal news outlets which sympathetically portrayed Hunt as just an average teenage high school senior in love who got swept up by overzealous, puritanical prosecutors should now return to this story and give news consumers this shocking development. Of course, doing so would prove fatal to the sympathetic gay rights narrative they were trying to weave just a few months ago, but the interested of fair and honest journalism should override political considerations which otherwise seem to rule the liberal media newsroom.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters