Man Wins Battle To Get Name Off Sex Offender Registry

The Michigan Court of Appeals says a man who had a teenage romance with a girl he later married doesn't deserve to be on the state's sex offender list.

Robert Dipiazza had a consensual relationship when he was 18 with a nearly 15-year-old in 2004. A teacher contacted authorities because the age of consent is 16 in Michigan.

A third-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct charge was eventually erased from his record, but he still had to register as a sex offender. He says he had trouble finding jobs and became depressed.

The state appeals court on ordered a Muskegon County judge to strike his name from the registry, calling it cruel punishment. Dipiazza and his girlfriend were married in April and had a baby during the summer.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Mike on Nov 5, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    I to agree with this desicion.I think the registary is double edged sword for this reason.And its full of these situations.Not every situation is black and white.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt County on Nov 5, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    I have a friend who is in the same situation. He was about the same age as the guy in the story, his girlfriend (now wife) was younger than him, and although they are now married, he is listed as a sex offender. I don't think that it's fair for the powers that be to place him in the same category as a rapist or a child molester/predator. I think the Michigan Court of Appeals made an appropriate decision.
  • by Bismar-key on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    "With a nearly 15 year?" What a creative use of words. It should read 14 YEAR OLD.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    A whole lot of these so-called sex crimes is just a modern day witch hunt,they let these young girls run wild and then they lie about their age and wham! let's hang the young man.
  • by proof?? on Nov 4, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    how on earth can you get proof of a 'relationship'--unless they were dumb enough to tell someone without knowledge of the law? i think the law is unfair anyways because you have 18 year olds who are still in high school. 19 or 20 dating a 15yr old, i can understand getting in trouble for this. i think that someone being a 'sex offender' should have a title # (1,2,3, etc..) along with the actual title. its not fair that some kids who happened to date at a young age get stuck with this label for life and people look at them like scumbags. also, this story can be used at the moment for anyone whose found to be on the sex offender list. 'oh i just dated a girl who was 17 when i was 18' (in NC)--suddenly you think theyre ok, when they may have actually assaulted someone. anyways, glad this guy won his case and can open it up to be changed for those in his same situation.

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