Kaitlyn Hunt, who is 18 and attends Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, Fla., is charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16 years old. If convicted, she could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and registered as a sex offender.
Hunt had until Friday to accept a plea offer in which she would have had to plead guilty to third-degree felony child abuse but wouldn't have had to register as a sex offender, The Miami Herald reported.
"Our client is a courageous teenager who is choosing not to accept the current plea offer by the state of Florida," Hunt's attorneys, A. Julia and Joseph H. Graves, said Friday in a statement.
"This is a situation of two teenagers who happen to be of the same sex involved in a relationship. If this case involved a boy and girl, there would be no media attention to this case."
Prosecutors say a Florida law that prevents 18-year-olds from being registered as sex offenders if they had consensual sex with classmates age 15 or older doesn't apply to Hunt because her girlfriend was 14 when the relationship started.
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