The Age of Consent is the age at which a person is deemed by Michigan law to be capable of consenting to, and engaging in, sexual acts.
Anyone who engages in sexual activity of any type with a partner under the applicable Age of Consent is breaking the law and can be charged with crimes ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony (statutory rape) depending on the jurisdiction in which they are prosecuted.
DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at the case of a man who's on the sex offender list for life, although his conviction was erased nearly 20 years ago.
The man was 19 when he was charged with kissing and groping a 12-year-old girl in Wayne County.
He pleaded guilty, but his conviction was completely erased in 1997 after he completed three years of probation.
Will the case of 19-year-old Zachery Anderson, shown here leaving the Berrien County Jail last week, inspire Michigan legislators to rethink laws on sex crimes and the sex offender registry?
SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN The Elkhart man's 19-year-old son, Zachery, had just served a three-month jail sentence for having sex with a 14-year-old Niles girl who admitted to lying about her age.
His new sentence permits access to the Internet for schoolwork. The 19-year-old’s case has stirred national debate, after the Indiana teen was sentenced to 90 days in jail, five years of probation, and put on the sex offender registry for 25 years in both Michigan and Indiana.