But those plans and any semblance of a normal life are for now out the window.
It began, Zach and his family say, when he went on a racy dating app called “Hot Or Not.” He was at his home in Elkhart, Indiana, when he met the girl, who lived across the state line in nearby southern Michigan. She was only 14, and by having sex with her, Zach was committing a crime. He was given a 90-day jail sentence, five years probation and placed on both Indiana and Michigan’s sex offender registry for the next 25 years. “It’s a blatant lie,” his father, Lester Anderson says.
Amanda Anderson, his mother, says “it doesn’t even fit our lifestyle; it doesn’t fit how we raised our kids.” Zach says his parents had always told him not to have sex before marriage.
‘I want to be in trouble and not you’ Both the girl’s mother and the girl herself appeared in court, to say they didn’t believe Zach belonged on the sex offender registry.
The girl admitted lying and outside of court, she handed the Anderson family a letter.
Rodarm, who is now a part of a ministry for sex offenders, adds “the registry has become so diluted that you can’t identify the truly dangerous, and that in itself is dangerous.” Buhl, who says he has presided over dozens of sex offender cases, agrees that the states are wasting resources on people who are unlikely to re-offend.