Kaitlyn Hunt Placed Back in Jail, Will Face Judge Tuesday
Kaitlyn Hunt was booked into the Indian River County Jail Monday night, the same day prosecutors revoked a plea deal.
Hunt had been scheduled to meet a judge for a hearing on Tuesday to address the prosecution's allegations that she violated her pretrial release court order when she sent thousands of text messages, including naked photos, to the girl she's accused of having sexual relations with when the victim was 14 years old.
According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Sgt.Thomas Raulen, Hunt wasn't jailed on a court order but by the company that posted her bail.
The judge had ordered Hunt to cut off all communication with the victim. Prosecutors alleged that Hunt's mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, also stayed in touch with the victim and told her to delete the texts from Kaitlyn so she wouldn't get in trouble.
In addition to having her charges reduced to misdemeanors, the plea deal would have kept Hunt off the sex offender registry.
Julia Graves, Hunt's attorney, has met with a Boston attorney who is offering legal services for Hunt, who was 18 at the time she had a sexual relationship with her then-14-year-old girlfriend.
"The pendulum has swung too far" in the prosecution of youths, attorney William Korman said Tuesday. He specializes in sex offense cases. "Children are being prosecuted for being children:" having a romantic relationship, he said.
Charles Sullivan Jr., attorney for the victim, says that his client is in therapy and that she's "not doing well."
Investigators say that Hunt and the victim exchanged 20,000 text messages and that there had been at least one instance of seeing each other face to face.
Prosecutors had said the plea deal was still on the table as early as Friday, with the violations looming. But now the prosecution says there is no more deal, which means Hunt is facing felony charges. She could now be facing jail time and may have to register as a sex offender.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss New Times Broward-Palm Beach's biggest stories.