After his sentence was thrown out in a misdemeanor sexual conduct case got national attention, a judge has ordered Zach Anderson's name removed from Michigan's sex offender registry, reports the Elkhart (In.) Truth. Anderson's lawyer, Scott Grabel, plans to submit the request to the Michigan State Police, and hopes the 20-year-old can be removed from the registry soon. Judge Angela Pasula in Berrien County, Mi., said that because Anderson’s sentence was vacated Sept. 3, its terms no longer apply.
Anderson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual conduct for having sex with a teenager who claimed to be 17 but was actually 14, two years younger than Michigan’s age of consent. Another judge sentenced Anderson to 90 days in jail, as well as five years on probation and 25 years on Michigan's sex offender registry. He served his time in jail. As the girl admitted in court to lying about her age, Anderson and his family were upset by the sex registry sentence and launched an intense legal campaign to get it reversed. Grabel said, “Nobody's losing sight of the fact Zach made some mistakes here … We just want to make sure that the punishment fits the crime and that he's treated fairly.”