Thursday, August 6, 2015

For Teens, the Sex-Offender Laws Can Simply be Offensive By Lenore Skenazy

For teens, the sex-offender laws can simply be offensive, August 6, 2015
By Lenore Skenazy

Les and Amanda Anderson arrived in New York from Indiana this past Thursday night and headed straight to Times Square, as many tourists do. But as they gaped at the billboards and read the news zipping by in lights — “19-Year-Old Sentenced to 25 Years as a Sex Offender” — they stopped dead in their tracks. 

That 19-year-old is their son, Zach. 

“It took a minute to absorb — it was 1 a.m.,” Amanda told me. I met the Andersons for lunch in Chelsea on their second and final day in the city. They’d come to tape a talk show with the popular preacher, T.D. Jakes. “Nightline” had filmed them in their Elkhart home a few days earlier, and they’ve also been on CNN and in The New York Times, all because of a date their teenage son made earlier this year.