Kaitlyn Hunt, the Florida teen arrested and expelled from high school over a lesbian relationship, is asking prosecutors to lessen the charges against her.

Hunt began dating a female student 3 younger than herself at the start of the year when she was 17.

In February, after Hunt turned 18, her girlfriend's parents went to the authorities, who arrested the teen and charged her with the felony of “sexual battery on a person 12-16 years old.” After officials at Sebastian River High School refused to expel Hunt, the parents appealed to the school board and had her expelled.

The Indian River County State Attorney's Office has given Hunt until Friday to accept a plea deal that would allow her to avoid registering as a sex offender if she pleads guilty to a charge of child abuse.

At a press conference held on Wednesday, the family said they were pushing to have the charges dropped to a misdemeanor.

“Kaitlyn is being prosecuted for engaging in behavior that is both fairly innocuous and extremely common,” Hunt's attorney Julia Graves said.

An emotional Hunt said she was surprised by the onslaught of media attention her story had attracted.

“I didn't think it would be this big at first, but I'm glad it is. I'd rather people see how it is across the world than just here at Sebastian,” Hunt said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Also on Wednesday, prosecutors released redacted recordings of Hunt speaking to her girlfriend.

“What I'm saying is that I've never been in love with anyone but you like this ever,” Hunt is heard saying. “I've never felt this way for anybody. I've never put myself in any of these positions for anybody. I don't know, I just, I'm in love with you and it's different. I just don't understand it any more than that.”