Target: Mr. Bill Schuette, Attorney General of Michigan State
Goal: Do not ruin young man’s life by branding him a sex offender for having consensual sex.
A young man is about to have his entire future ruined because he was lied to while using a dating application on his phone. He met up with a young woman who he thought to be of an age with him, had sex with her, and was summarily arrested and will be branded a sex offender for the next 25 years of his life. Age of consent laws are important, but there is no reason, in this circumstance, to hand down such a harsh sentence to a young man with a promising future.
The young man in this case was 19 years old. He felt lonely, started using a dating app on his phone, started chatting with a girl who said she was 17, and met up with her. Together they had consensual sex at a place of their choosing. The girl’s mother called the police because she thought that her daughter was missing, not because she was having sex. In fact, the girl’s mother has said that she doesn’t want the young man in question to be branded a sex offender and believes that he is not.
The real crime here is a draconian sentencing system for sex crimes that doesn’t even begin to take context or situational information into account. People hear the word “sex” and suddenly everyone but themselves is a perverted freak. It must be clear: the sex offender registry has its place, but when states start throwing around the scarlet “A” with no care for the situation, they ruin lives and debase the system. This young man is not a sex offender and he should not be treated like one. Sign here to demand that the Attorney General of Michigan reexamine this case personally.
Dear Attorney General Schuette,
I am writing to you on behalf of a young man that has been unjustly punished for a crime that he had no desire or intent to commit. I am speaking, of course, about Zach Anderson, a young man who has been branded a sex offender for the next quarter of a century because he used a dating app to meet a woman and that woman chose to lie about her age.
The craziest thing about this case is that no one asked the police or the state to get involved. The mother of the young woman in question called the police, but only because she thought her daughter was missing. She herself has said that she does not believe Zach is a sex offender and that he should not be punished like one.
Why then, does the state of Michigan believe it needs to get involved? I understand that age of consent laws have their place in our society, and the sex offender registry does as well, but does this situation qualify? There is no victim here and hardly any crime. I am writing to demand that Zach Anderson’s case be revisited and the situational, contextual information be considered more closely. Do not ruin this young man’s life because of a puritanical view of human sexuality.
[Your Name Here]
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