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Kaitlyn Hunt Update: Plea deal revoked for Fla. teen charged over same-sex underage relationship, report says

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(CBS) SEBASTIAN, Fla. - Prosecutors withdrew a plea deal Monday for Kaitlyn Hunt, the Florida teen charged over a same-sex relationship with an underage classmate, NBC affiliate WPTV reports.

Hunt's attorney, Charles Sullivan, reportedly told the station the plea deal, which would have kept the 19-year-old out of jail, was withdrew due to an alleged violation of court orders.

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Prosecutors said last week that Hunt contacted the alleged victim in the case almost daily since March 1, a violation that could put her back in jail, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

According to the paper, court documents say Hunt and the girl had contact through nearly 20,000 test messages and Facebook.

NBC affiliate WPTV reported the state attorney's office says Hunt sent sexually explicit photos, a video and two continued to secretly meet. The station reported Hunt's mother also texted the alleged victim and urged her to delete "everything" so no one would find out the girl and Hunt had spoken.

A hearing has reportedly been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and a judge will decide then whether the teen will be sent back to jail because of the alleged violations.

Prosecutors had offered Hunt a plea deal which would have sentenced her to three years probation and given her a clean record. She would not be allowed to contact the alleged victim and would have to complete 150 hours of community service, among other conditions. It was reported last week that the plea deal was still on the table, with no expiration date, despite the alleged court order violations.

Hunt was expelled from her high school in Sebastian, Fla. and was arrested and charged in February with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age as a result of her relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

If she is found guilty of the second-degree felony charges, she could face up to 15 years in prison and could be required to register as a sex offender. She is scheduled to go on trial in the fall.

Hunt played on the basketball team with her younger girlfriend and shared the same circle of friends, Hunt's mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, has said. The two had a consenting relationship that began soon after Kaitlyn Hunt turned 18, and Hunt Smith said she assumed the younger girl's parents knew that.

Kaitlyn's father has publicly claimed that the girlfriend's parents went to police because they blamed Kaitlyn for their child's homosexuality.

Since Kaitlyn's arrest, the case has garnered national attention for what some say is a gay rights issue. Advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida argue that older high schoolers dating their younger counterparts is an innocuous, everyday occurrence that is not prosecuted - regardless of sexual orientation - and not a crime on par with predatory sex offenses.

However, Florida state law says that anyone under the age of 16, male or female, cannot legally consent to sexual activity.

Complete coverage of the Kaitlyn Hunt case on Crimesider

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