Kaitlyn Hunt back in jail after alleged contact with victim
Ellioitt Jones, TC Palm
11:48 AM, Aug 19, 2013
9:32 AM, Aug 20, 2013
Kaitlyn Hunt is in jail at her own request, according to Ron Barnett with Barnett Bail Bonds in Vero Beach.
Hunt was put in the Indian River County Jail Monday night, a day before her 1 p.m. court hearing today on the prosecution's motion to have her jailed for violating an order to have no contact with her victim, a girlfriend from high school.
Normally bail bond companies revoke bail bond when the person is risk for fleeing.
"This was not the case" in Hunt's case, said Barnett. He said she came to the company Monday and asked to be returned to jail.
Hunt was booked into the Indian River County Jail about 9 p.m. Monday, said Sgt.Thomas Raulen, spokesman for Indian River County Sheriff's Office after a representative from the bail/bond company that posted her bail brought her to the jail, Raulen said.
Hunt's plea deal, which would have kept her out of jail, was withdrawn after it was found that she had been communicating with the victim.
At today's hearing, she faces the possibility of more criminal charges.
All State Attorney Bruce Colton would say Monday is "a final decision has not been made" on additional charges.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said his detectives have completed their investigation and given their evidence to prosecutors.
The 1 p.m. hearing before Circuit Judge Robert Pegg is on the prosecution's motion to revoke the 19-year-old Sebastian resident's bond and return her to the county jail on her current charges: two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on her schoolmate, who was 14 at the time.
Hunt was charged in February, and jailed. She posted $5,000 bail and was released, with a pretrial court order prohibiting her from contact with the victim.
Under Florida law, it is illegal for an older teen — Hunt was 18 at the time — to have sexual contact with a 14 year old, even if the relationship was consensual.
According to court records filed on Thursday, sheriff's investigators say that after Hunt's arrest on Feb. 16, she violated a court no-contact order by having repeated contact with the victim. In some instances that included their secretly meeting and having physical contact.
Hunt allegedly sent some sexually explicit photos via the Internet, according to court records.
And there was almost daily contact via an iPod Hunt is alleged to have put in the younger girl's locker before Hunt left Sebastian River High School. Investigators said there were 20,000 text messages.
Prosecutors also said Hunt's mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, had been communicating with the victim — telling her to delete the texts so no one would find out. Smith is being represented by the Menz & Battista law firm.
The younger girl's parents found out, Sullivan said, leading to an investigation and Tuesday's hearing.