Think “sex offender,” and you probably picture a creepy guy who likes to lure children to his van with candy. But that’s not the whole picture. The sex offender registry, which currently stands at over 850,000 registered sex offenders, is comprised of many people who should not be lumped into the same category as violent sex offenders and pedophiles. People like teenager Zach Anderson.
The 19-year-old had sex with a teenage girl he met through a dating app. The girl said she was 17 – above the age of consent – but was actually 14. Anderson was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 5 years’ probation, and 25 years on the sex offender registries in both Indiana and Michigan. The 14-year-old apologized for lying, and her mother even went to court to say that Anderson should not be put on the sex offender list. But the judge was not lenient. For the next 25 years, Anderson will have restrictions on where he goes, what he does and how he lives his life.
Cases like these are making people start to reconsider the way the sex offender registry works, and whether it’s time for a change in the law. Full Article