Teen ordered to register as sex offender after 14-year-old girl lied about her age on dating websiteBy Mason White 3:43 PM September 10, 2015
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A judge recused himself from a case after being criticized for handing down a harsh punishment for a teenager.
The teenager was ordered to register as a sex offender for 25 years after he had sex with a girl who he meet on a dating website
19-year-old Zach Anderson of Indiana, said that he meet the girl on the dating website “Hot or Not.”
The girl from Michigan, who registered on the adult section of the website, told Anderson that she is 17 years old. However, the girl was only 14 years old.
Anderson traveled to Michigan to meet the girl in a park, and later took her to her home and had sex with her.
Meanwhile, the mother of the girl was concerned about her whereabouts, and called the police. When officers learned that the girl had sex with the 19 year old, he was arrested.
The girl told police that she lied about her age. Her mother did not want the young man to be prosecuted.
Michigan state senator Rick Jones, who helped write the sex offenders law, said that Anderson should have asked the girl for a driver’s license before engaging in sex with her.
Anderson pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
He was placed on an 8:00 p.m. curfew, banned from going to public parks and he is not allowed to use a computer, which caused his career to be disrupted.
However, things might change for the young man as Judge Dennis Wiley, who handed down the harsh sentence, granted the motion brought by Anderson’s legal team for a resentencing with a new judge.
The family hopes that their son is taken off the sex offender registration as he had no criminal intent and the girl lied about her age.