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When autistic people commit sexual crimes

[spectrumnews.org – 7/17/19]

Many first-time sex offenders on the spectrum may not understand the laws they break. How should their crimes be treated?

For years, Nick Dubin couldn’t bring himself to say the word ‘gay,’ but part of him wondered: Was he gay? Dubin has autism. And growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, he had been mercilessly taunted by his peers, some of whom had called him gay simply because he was different.

But what if he actually was homosexual? As an adult, Dubin found some men attractive, and his attempts at dating women had not gone well. To help him understand his sexuality, Dubin recalls, a therapist he was seeing in 2010 suggested he buy a few adult pornography magazines. Dubin is soft-spoken and comes across as earnest, and he took the therapist’s advice seriously. He drove to a seedy part of the city and purchased a handful of magazines. He also began looking at pornography on the internet. He recalls being surprised that it was free and so easy to find. Soon he was bombarded with pop-up ads for porn sites. Some of the ads he clicked on led to sites with pictures of minors, which he downloaded to his computer.

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  1. Facts should matter

    “There should be an escape from sex-offender registration for those with autism spectrum disorder who are first offenders with no history of inappropriate contact with children.”

    I think this should apply to everyone with a CP offense. What’s the point of registration if you’re not sexually attracted to children? It’s sad that prosecutors already balk against the “Asperger’s defense” which shows they only care about a conviction regardless of scientific evidence the individual is non-deviant that suffers from social filtering issues.

    • Tim

      Far more about the machine’s use. CP offenders are FIRST identified by LE via electronic surveillance of the domestic variety. That is precisely WHY federal surveillance saints insisted on being granted the WIDEST BIRTH with respect to the people’s potential USE OF A DATABASE. Hence forth humans ( sex offenders) became the first “lawfully indentured” to a ( state’s?????) machine’s maintenance. This being the most extreme THING one human can do with it to another concerning liberty.

      While no man may reasonably dispute a state’s authority to have and operate a database of known bad actors, one may damn well dispute it’s accuracy, it’s necessary maintenance, it’s efficacy, and it’s intent. Especially when it’s necessary operation implicates affirmative disability & restraint. In fact despite the preamble, such notification as SORNA IN EVERY CASE MUST involve first a restraint upon liberty before “the legitimate public interest” can be served.
      Facial recognition has the same fatal flaw ; Imposition # 1, safety assured #2, but this too neglects likely machine error from false positives ( machine interpretation) The ambiguous nature of SORNA presumes ALL WILL LIKELY SUFFER RECIDIVISM, no matter the case( human interpretation).

      That spectral distinctions of autism as a means of defense, as this piece posits a necessary moral escape, resides implicitly in the fact, HUMANS LEARN FROM MISTAKES. Yes those suffering autism are indeed humans and not monsters. Forcing human subservient to machine database was always going to feckless and thereby unsustainable in a free republic. Free men are paid to maintain database machines. Some do not like it that way. They prefer free input into theirs. Every social media enterprise thrives on input and prefer free input.

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