Kate Hunt back in jail after allegedly exchanging 20,000 messages with 14-year-old, meeting for sex
Story updated on August 21, 2013, at 10:58 a.m. Eastern time.
VERO BEACH, FL, August 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Katitlyn Hunt, the young Florida woman who is facing legal charges for allegedly sexually battering a 14-year-old girl, had the opportunity to avoid jail time and being branded a sex offender for life. Officials told her to stay away from her alleged victim and send the girl no messages. Instead, they say Hunt exchanged more than 20,000 texts with her and that Kate repeatedly had sexual contact with the young teen.
Hunt, now 19, became a homosexual cause celebre after being arrested in February and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery against a child between the ages of 12 and 16 for having sex with her 14-year-old girlfriend. She was 18 at the time.
Word of the case went viral on social media thanks to her parents’ “Free Kate” website and Facebook page, which accused both law enforcement and the 14-year-old’s parents of persecuting their daughter because she is a lesbian.
Both local police and the victim’s family have denied the charges are in any way related to Hunt’s sexual preference.
Prosecutors say Hunt bullied and harassed the girl, and that she and her mother repeatedly encouraged the girl to lie to authorities about their relationship.
As a result, Kate Hunt has returned to jail after violating the terms of her bail agreement by sending messages to the alleged victim on an iPod she planted in the girl’s locker before she left Sebastian River High School.
According to court documents, despite a judicial order banning all contact between the two, Hunt has been contacting the alleged victim “almost daily,” using FaceTime and text messaging to send the girl sexually explicit messages, including video clips of Hunt “masturbating and moaning.”
Additionally, “The defendant [Kate Hunt] coordinated secret meetings with the child victim where the child would leave her home and get picked up by the defendant. The defendant would drive the child victim to a remote location where they would have intimate physical contact.”
“The child victim has stated to Detective Jeremy Shepherd that these meetings took place as recently as two weeks ago,” documents state.
Prosecutors also accuse Hunt of emotionally abusing the girl via text message, calling her a “snitch” and “stupid” for confiding in her parents about their continued contact.
“F--k you,” Hunt texted the girl, according to court documents. “You’re stupid. You want me to go to jail.”
“You’re such a messed up person,” the tweets continue. “You snitched on me. God only knows what you’ll do when pressured in court.”
She added that she hated her and that the victim “tells too easily.”
Other texts allegedly sent by Hunt to the girl include “Keep the f--k quiet”; “So you aren’t going to lie for me”; and “If my mom finds out we’re talking I’m blaming it on you.”
According to court documents, Hunt’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, who operates the “Free Kate” page, also sent text messages to the alleged victim after discovering the two were still in contact.
“Delete EVERYTHING,” wrote Smith, according to prosecutors. “PLEASE delete everything and make sure NO ONE finds out you’ve spoken to Kate at all.”
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In light of the new allegations, prosecutors revoked the previous plea deal. Hunt turned herself in to the Indian River County Jail on Monday night.
Although Hunt’s attorneys pleaded for her to be held under house arrest with no access to WiFi, on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Robert Pegg ordered her to remain jailed until trial.
“It is apparent from the defendant’s past and present patterns of behavior that she does not care that two circuit judges have ordered her to stay away from her victim,” State attorney Bruce Colton wrote. “She has covertly contacted her victim thousands of times, had continued intimate contact with her victim, threatened to blame her victim if her own misconduct is discovered, instructed her victim on what to say to the prosecutor, solicited her victim to lie for her, and in general sought to obstruct the judicial process. She has sent numerous lewd and lascivious images and videos to the child victim, images that are by definition ‘harmful to minors’ per Florida statutes.”
Colton concluded, “It is apparent that the misconduct of both the defendant and Kelley Hunt Smith is severely threatening the integrity of the judicial process.”