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Bill Simpson

Protect Children From Predators

December 17, 2013

The Honorable Wifredo A. Ferrer United States Attorney Southern District of Florida 99 N.E. 4th Street Miami, FL 33132 Dear Mr. Ferrer: The purpose of this letter is to request an independent, thorough and transparent investigation into a series of presumptive federal sex crimes committed against a 14 year old female Florida resident who resides in Indian River County. A portion of this case has been adjudicated in State court (Case No. 31-2013-CF-000197-A) by State Attorney Bruce H. Colton representing Indian River County. As you may be aware, there was significant media coverage of this case as well as an unprecedented level of public pressure from those for and against prosecution of the case. The original charges in the case stemmed from illegal sexual activity between an adult female and a minor child in December 2012 and January 2013. The subsequent state investigation resulted in Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt being charged with two counts of felony lewd and lascivious battery on a child. She was subsequently arrested on February 16, 2012. On February 17, 2013, Kaitlyn Hunt appeared before the Honorable Paul B. Kanarek and the court found probable cause existed for the offenses and set bond for the defendant at $2,500 per count and ordered as a condition of bond that the defendant was to have no contact with the child victim. The court modified this order on February 27, 2013 clarifying the no contact provision by stating the defendant shall have no contact, directly or indirectly, with C.S., the alleged victim in this case. The defendant shall remain at least 500 feet from C.S. at all times with the following exception: if the School District of Indian River County permits the defendant to continue to attend Sebastian River High School, the defendant shall remain at least 100 feet from C.S. at all times when on campus. A violation of the terms of this order may result in the revocation of the defendant's bond, criminal contempt, or both. Unfortunately, Ms. Hunt had no intention of honoring the courts order as she almost immediately, and surreptitiously, slipped an iPod into the locker of the child victim at Indian River High School to facilitate future contact on March 1, 2013. Over the course of the

following months, the defendant used the iPod to contact the child victim almost daily using text messages and a software application, FaceTime. Indian River County prosecutors are in physical possession of approximately 20,000 text messages between the defendant and child victim, all of which were sent after the defendant was ordered by two circuit judges to have no contact. It is apparent from the messages that the defendant consciously and intentionally violated the court's order. On or about May 25, 2013, the defendant texted the child victim, "I'm out of jail on bond. That's part of my bond. I'll sit in jail until trial starts." The defendant then tells the child victim, "Keep the fuck quiet." Additionally, prosecutors are in possession of over twenty-five lewd and lascivious photographs the defendant sent the child victim. These photographs are explicit and depict the defendant nude, sometimes engaged in sex acts such as placing her finger inside her vagina. The States Attorneys office is also in possession of lewd and lascivious videos the defendant sent the child victim. At least one video explicitly depicts the defendant masturbating by rubbing her vagina with her fingers while moaning. It is extremely important to note that Ms. Hunt was completely aware that her sexual activities were illegal and she commented to that effect on social media one month prior to her arrest. Yes, I know Im 18 and can get in trouble, Hunt said in an online conversation more than a month before her February arrest, but I understand the consequences and I know what I got myself into when I entered the relationship with [the minor victim]. In addition to the material showing contact by the defendant to the child victim, the prosecutors are in possession of text messages from the defendant's mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, sent to the child victim on March 26, 2013. These messages were sent after the court issued the "no contact" order. From the context of the messages, the defendant's mother learned of the unlawful contact and thereafter initiated improper, ostensibly illegal, contact with the child victim. In the messages, the defendant's mother tampered with the child victim. She solicited the child victim to obstruct the judicial process, instructing her to destroy the evidence of unlawful contact. Specifically, Kelley Hunt Smith texted the child victim, "Delete EVERYTHING .... My # is 512924-4145 my email is kelley.smith760@hotmail.com PLEASE delete everything and make sure NO ONE finds out you've spoken to Kate at all." At this juncture, there are three major issues that require a response: 1. Did Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt violate 47 USC 231 - Restriction of access by minors to materials commercially distributed by means of World Wide Web that are harmful to minors by transmitting pornographic images to the child victim? 2. Did Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt violate 18 U.S.C. 1470 (2012) - Transfer of obscene material to minors by transmitting pornographic images and video to the child victim? 3. Did Kelly Hunt Smith enter into a criminal conspiracy to facilitate the transmission of lewd, lascivious, and obscene material to the minor victim?

There exists a moral obligation and a societal compelling interest to protect children from sexual activity before their minds and bodies have sufficiently matured to make it appropriate, safe, and healthy for them. This obligation is magnified as it pertains to an adult-minor situation where there is a greater compelling interest in the prevention of exploitation of the minor by the adult. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases where adults have transmitted harmful and obscene materials to minors. Throughout the prosecution of this case, there have been unwarranted accusations of social bias and discrimination presented as the rationale for the prosecution of Ms. Hunt. There is only one rationale that should be considered: namely, did this conduct amount to violation of federal law, and do we as a nation have a moral obligation to ensure the safety of our children? Kofi Annan once said, "There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace." A large body of research was done on this case by award winning journalist Robert Stacy McCain (www.theothermccain.com), well respected blogger Matt Ross (www.conservativehideout.com), and researcher Jeanette Runyon, in addition to the voluminous evidence gathered by the prosecutors office. Their findings are significant and could aid in a thorough and proper federal investigation ensuring fair and equitable application of law as well as further protecting minor children from adult sexual predators. Your immediate attention to this matter is greatly appreciated, and it may be prudent for you to place a detainer hold on the defendant as she is scheduled to be released from custody on December 20, 2013. If you need any additional information, please contact me directly at (312) 324-3787 or by email at ProtectChildrenFromPredators@gmail.com. Respectfully,

Bill Simpson, Director Protect Children From Predators