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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Indiana's Zachery Anderson: Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries By Julie Bosman


I have previously posted many articles in the In the News page on this young mans case and the fight his outspoken parents have taken on to withdraw his plea, to reform our sex laws, to find him housing when he is released next week and to shine a light on what the label of sex offender really means when it comes to restrictions, housing, employment and the chances of becoming a productive citizen or a complete failure. 

Yes it’s Indiana......not Virginia but if a 14 year old lies about her age and a 19 year old has consensual sex with her in Virginia he too would become a public lifetime Violent Sex Offender with little chance a college will admitt him, a landlord will rent to him or an employer will hire him and very likely VADOC Probation would implement an Internet/Cell phone ban too. And if a Virginia 19 year old crossed state-lines into Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia or Maryland because they live near the state-line then it could become a Federal crime with Mandatory Minimums and prison sentences out-of-state. 

One-size-fits-all laws, sentences and registries do NOT protect society and they do NOT serve justice!  

Mary
 

Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries, July 4, 2015
By Julie Bosman

ELKHART, Ind. — Until one day in December, Zachery Anderson was a typical 19-year-old in a small Midwestern city. 

He studied computer science at the local community college. He lived with his parents and two younger brothers in a sun-filled home on the St. Joseph River, where framed family photos hang from the walls and a pontoon boat is docked outside. 

And he dated in the way that so many American teenagers do today: digitally and semi-anonymously, through apps where prospects emerge with the swipe of a finger and meetings are arranged after the exchanges of photos and texts. 

In December, Mr. Anderson met a girl through Hot or Not, a dating app, and after some online flirting, he drove to pick her up at her house in Michigan, just miles over the state line. They had sex in a playground in Niles City, the police report said. 

That sexual encounter has landed Mr. Anderson in a Michigan jail, and he now faces a lifetime entanglement in the legal system. The girl, who by her own account told Mr. Anderson that she was 17 — a year over the age of consent in Michigan — was actually 14.