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PRESS CONFERENCE: Kaitlyn Hunt, her family, and attorney speak out
SEBASTIAN, Fla. -- Tonight Kaitlyn Hunt breaks her silence, speaking to reporters for the first time since the story of her arrest went viral.
The press conference took place Wednesday afternoon, in front of Sebastian River High School, the place detectives say the relationship started.
The social media movement called "Free Kate" has gone international in less than a week.
Kaitlyn's parents say they wish it didn't have to come to this. They wish it could have been settled between with the familiy of Kaitlyn's alleged victim. They never wanted this to turn into a criminal issue.
Kaitlyn is the gay 18-year-old accused of an inappropriate and sexual relationship with her 14-year-old girlfriend.
Kaitlyn's parents have been interviewed by reporters from all across the state and country, but Kaitlyn herself has been silent since her arrest in February. Silent until now.
"I'm grateful and thankful that all these people are by my side. Since day one," Kaitlyn said.
"Thank you from a mother's heart. Thank you for standing up for Kaitlyn and her cause," said Kelley Smith-Hunt, Kaitlyn's mother.
The family told reporters they would be making a big announcement at the press conference, but in reality that didn't happen.
They still have not made a decision about if they're going to agree to the plea deal that would put Kaitlyn on two years of house arrest and not label her as a sex offender.
If she goes to trial, it's up to a jury and she could get 15 years in prison.
The mother of the alleged victim says she's just a mom protecting her daughter..and that this is not a gay issue.
Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:37 PM EDT
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