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Teen accused of underage rape removed from sex offender list

Ohio residents may be interested to learn that a 20-year-old Indiana man who confessed to having sex with a 14-year-old will be removed from the Michigan sex offender registry. The case made national headlines after the girl confessed to claiming that she was 17 at the time of the encounter.

The young man, then 19 years of age, stated that he met the girl online. The girl reportedly told him that she was 17, though she was really 14. They met near her Michigan home in December 2014. The girl's mother reportedly called the police after not being able to contact her daughter. Because Michigan's age of consent is 16, the man was facing charges even though the girl's mother requested leniency. The man ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for which he spent 75 days in jail for. However, he was also facing being listed as a sex offender for 25 years.

At a bond hearing on Sept. 11, a judge argued that the conditions of the sentence no longer applied as the man's attorneys argued that the prosecutors failed to stick with a section of a plea deal that was agreed upon. However, he was still on Indiana's sex offender list, though he could be removed during his re-sentencing hearing in October.

Those who are accused of rape not only face a prison sentence; if they are put on the sex offender registry, they may not be able to obtain jobs or live with their families. An attorney may protect an accused person's rights by arguing that the sex was consensual or, if a minor was involved, they were told the person was of legal age to consent.

Source: FOX News, "Judge to remove Indiana man from Michigan sex offender registry", Sept. 12, 2015

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