Indiana teen on sex offender registry after mishap with dating app

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

Zach Anderson, 19, from Elkhart, Indiana says he used the app “Hot or Not.” Through the racy dating app, he met a girl 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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