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
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 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 Chelsea
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. Elkhart