Friday, May 24, 2013

Fla. Lesbian Sex Offender Case - Facts Emerging

This post is a follow-up to the one from 5/21/13 - First link is below:

Added 5/25/13 to the 2/24/13 post-
It hit me this morning - with they way the Left has it set up now, you are allowed no legal recourse if your kid is victimized by a Gay or Lesbian individual. If an 18 year-old boy had done this sick thing, no one would care, but since we have a non-heterosexual involved, this can be used as a tool to wreck society. The authorities and the anguish-wracked parents have to be subjected to constant attacks that will dissuade others from doing the right thing.

That is how the Left uses their invention of Political Correctness to silence any opposition to their agenda or any effort to serve Justice.


Main Post from 5/24/13-

I have to note that both articles from The Blaze greatly disappointed me - doubly so as it normally treats topics well. While the first one was clearly the more subjective, seemingly showing empathy for the older offender, the second one that provides new details still appears to have been written to make us think that we needed more details of the case to understand that what the offender did was wrong and illegal. I don't know if The Blaze staff purposely wrote these articles in that manner as a test to see if we could think for ourselves and see through the demonstrations of rage in support of the offender, or if they did in fact feel as if she was being treated unjustly, but they clearly could have done a better job.

Anyway, the details are good to have.

The victim's parents are clearly not only greatly concerned for what happened to their daughter, but they also - and inexplicably so, gave the offender a chance to back off their kid (After another parent had done the same) instead of going to the cops in the first place:

“Another adult, a mother, came to me and said ‘Ms. Smith you need to know this…we told Miss Hunt to leave your daughter alone. But they are in a relationship, and she’s 18.’ 18? My daughter is only 14.”

When their daughter began acting out, as many teens do, she ran away. Jim called the shock “the worst thing” that he has ever experienced. Assuming that she wouldn’t have willingly fled, the parents initially assumed that someone took her — but that wasn’t the case

After being told to stay away from their daughter, Kate purportedly picked up the 14-year-old. Because the relationship apparently didn’t stop, despite the aforementioned warnings, the Smiths said they had no choice but to turn to the law......

“They made me seem as if I’m a monster,” Laurie said of bloggers’ attacks, noting that she and her husband have turned to the media to get their story out. “That’s why I’m talking to you…The stories that people are saying…I love my daughter and I am willing to do whatever to protect her.”

The most telling part of this story, and one that says the most about the current state of our society,  is the ease which the Ms. Hunt and her parents had in assembling such a horde of solicited and unsolicited support for the offender. A simple case of an adult taking advantage of a child over a year shy of the age of consent has turned into a Cause celebre. Supporters have decided to raise the flag of Gay/Lesbian rights to advocate ignoring the law and to accuse the victim's parents of homophobia. "Stop the Hate, Free Kate" T-shirts have become a uniform of some of the forces that are tearing the fabric of the nation apart.

The offender's mother has been displayed tremendous energy and willingness to employ vitriol - letting no opportunity to slander the victim's parents pass. She also seems to believe herself to be a mind reader:

"[The offender's mother] Smith described the younger girl’s family as “bigoted, religious [zealots]” who believe that being gay is a sin. They seemingly blame Hunt for their daughter’s sexuality and are taking legal action to punish her as a result, she charges. Smith also characterized the family as being out to destroy her daughter’s life."

In addition to promised attacks on the Attorney General/Prosecutor's Office. they have also vowed to attack the school administration that initially (Again inexplicably) was inclined to ignore the crime; not because they failed to do their job in the first place, but because they eventually did move the offender out of the school. 

"Critics are still supporting the Hunt family and speaking out against the law. Hacker group Anonymous is among the chorus of those hoping charges will be dropped. Here’s how they responded, according to the Huffington Post:

Hacktivists from Anonymous have launched Operation Justice4Kaitlyn, announcing their intention to target the school and the Indian River County State Attorney’s Office.

“While in the course of performing your duties we feel that you’ve lost perspective. Tsk, tsk. The truth is, Kaitlyn Hunt is a bright young girl who was involved in a consensual, same-sex relationship while both she and her partner were minors
[Ms. Hunt was 18 during most or all of that period].

“She has a big future ahead of her and there are people, thousands of people in fact, that have no intention of allowing you to ruin it with your rotten selective enforcement.

“Intolerance has been the curse of this country since its inception. Frankly, we’re sick of it. Specifically, we’re sick of paying the salaries of people like you......"

So far the authorities, although they have (Shamefully) offered the offender a soft deal on sentencing (One that Ms. Hunt has so far refused), held firm to their intention to continue prosecuting Ms. Hunt.

"If this was an 18-year-old male and that was a 14-year-old girl, it would have been prosecuted the same way,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said, according to WPBF-TV.

And Bruce Colton, state attorney for Florida’s 19th circuit, mirrored these sentiments, WUSA-TVreports. According to Florida law, anyone who engages in sexual activity with an individual between the ages of 12 and 16 is involved in the crime of “lewd and lascivious battery.” Authorities have no plans to drop charges based on public outcry.

The idea is to protect people in that vulnerable group from people who are older, 18 and above,” Colton said. “The statute specifically says that consent is not a defense.”

The state attorney went on note that maturity differences are important. In this case, it was the difference between a high school senior and a freshman, a distinction and age difference that is, in his view, important to legislate and protect. As it stands, Hunt is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age."

If the mob that the Left routinely marshals in its efforts to undermine the country is successful in stopping the prosecution, or if it has an effect on the judge or jury, the already-leaking floodgates will have been smashed to pieces.

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