UPDATE: Dating app mishap lands teen on sex offender registry

ELKHART, Ind. (WISH/AP) — An Indiana teen is now on the sex offender registry all for using a dating app.

19-year old Zach Anderson from Elkhart says he used the app “Hot or Not.”

Through the racy dating app, he met a girl in Michigan and had sex with her.

However, the girl was not as old as she said she was.

Anderson spoke to CNN about the ordeal.

“It’s like I’m an outcast from society with all these things that I have put on me,” said Anderson.

Anderson said the girl told him she was 17. It turned out the girl was actually 14.

According to Anderson, the sex was consensual.

By law, Anderson committed a sex crime, so he was arrested and convicted.

His parents are outraged.

The girl admitted that she lied and her mother even told a judge she did not believe Anderson belonged on the sex offender list.

Now, he can’t go to the mall, the park or even live in his parents’ home because he has a 15-year-old brother.

Attorney Scott Grabel says he plans to ask that Anderson’s case go before a different judge than the one who scolded him for how he met the girl on a dating app and what transpired.

Grabel wants a Michigan law that would keep Anderson’s record clean applied as part of a resentencing.


This story was originally published on WISHTV.com.

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