Florida Teen Charged in Relationship with Minor

Published 05/23 2013 10:20AM

Updated 05/23 2013 10:23AM

An 18-year-old Florida cheerleader must decide by Friday whether to accept a plea deal that would spare her prison time for a sexual relationship she had with an underage female classmate.

Kaitlyn Hunt faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the two charges she faces of lewd and lascivious battery on a minor. She also would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

The Florida state attorney has offered Hunt a plea deal that would label her as a convicted felon and require her to attend sex offender counseling. She also would be under house arrest for two years.

"I'm definitely hoping for a better plea deal, but if not, then we'll just have to do everything that we can do to win the fight," Hunt told NBC's Kerry Sanders in an interview that aired Thursday.

At a news conference her family held to discuss the case, Hunt broke down and clung to her father while trying to describe what she has been going through.

"Every day is different," she said later. "Some days I'm my happy self, and then some days I'm overwhelmed. Some days I'm scared, so it's just like, I have my days."

Hunt's family said the case stems from prejudice and that charges never would have been filed if the relationship weren't same-sex.

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