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
because they live near the state-line then it could become a Federal crime with
Mandatory Minimums and prison sentences out-of-state. Maryland
One-size-fits-all laws, sentences and registries do NOT protect society and they do NOT serve justice!
Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries, July 4, 2015
By Julie Bosman
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
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
, just miles over the state line.
They had sex in a playground in Michigan , the police report
That sexual encounter has landed Mr. Anderson in a
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. Michigan