Remember the case of Zach Anderson, the young man whose case made national headlines (but you yysebnaezr
read here first) after a Michigan judge sentenced him to 25 years on the Sex Offender Registry? Here’s the latest, from Fox 28Â yesterday:
A Niles Judge has agreed to reconsider the sentencing of Elkhart teen Zach Anderson, whose case made national headlines when he was convicted as a sex offender. Â The judge did not make an immediate decision, but deferred a decision to a later date.
Anderson met a girl on Facebook dating app. He says she told him she was 17. The first time they met, he picked her up and drove to a playground, where they had sex. It turns out she was only 14.
Anderson, who’s 19, wound up serving three months in jail, facing a strict five-year probation, and the next 25 years on Indiana’s sex offender registry.Â For the next five years, Anderson can’t go online, can’t be around anyone under 17, and has to be home by 8 p.m.
His other restrictions are these, as I wrote in the Downtown Express,Â after meeting up with his parents last week when they came to New York for a TV talk show:
Three weeks ago, when Zach got out of jail, he could not go home. As a sex offender, he cannot reside with anyone under 17, and that includes his younger brother.Â .The Andersons broke into their savings and bought Zach a small house far from any school or playground (another registry requirement). Each night, he must be home by 8. The police can come at any time to do a search, and already have. What were they looking for?Â .Movies. Not dirty ones â€” clean ones. Zach canâ€™t have any G-rated movies like â€œHome Alone,â€ on the assumption that watching kids will trigger his urge to rape them.Â .Zach also cannot have a smartphone..â€œWe got him a flip phone and we had to bust the camera with a screwdriver to break it,â€ said his dad. Zach canâ€™t have any access to the internet, either, which means he has to change his college major: Computer science.Â .And heâ€™s not allowed into a library, skate park, or mall, because there are kids around.