Teen Is Now A Sex Offender After Sleeping With Girl Who Lied About Age
Zach Anderson, 19, was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail and 25 years on the sex offender registry in two different states for engaging in sexual conduct with a 14-year-old teen who claimed, on an app called Hot or Not, to be 17.
The pair engaged in reportedly consensual sexual relations after Anderson left his home in Indiana and visited the 14-year-old in Michigan.
Throughout Anderson's court battle, the Michigan teen and her mother came forth to insist she did, in fact, claim to be over the age of consent.
CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman believes Judge Dennis Wiley used the case as an opportunity to make an example of Anderson by giving him an excessively harsh sentence.
In court, the judge reportedly explained,
You went online, to use a fisherman's expression, trolling for women, to meet and have sex with. That seems to be part of our culture now. Meet, hookup, have sex, sayonara. Totally inappropriate behavior.
On "CBS This Morning," Klieman said Wiley is judging based on “his own personal feelings” rather than from an unbiased perspective.
As a result, Anderson has a record that will follow him for the rest of his life.
In an attempt to take back his freedom and receive a lighter sentence, the 19-year-old headed back to court on Wednesday, and his request is being considered.
In the meantime, Anderson is prohibited from logging online, living in a home with Internet access or living in his parents' home, since his brother is only 15.
Anderson's parents hope to see the charges dropped completely and established a Change.org petition for their son that garnered over 177,000 signatures.