Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by difficulties with social interactions,
communication challenges, and rigid or fixated behaviors. In some instances, these symptoms
may contribute to involvement in the criminal justice system for an array of offenses including
inappropriate sexual behavior. Although case studies of individuals with Autism Spectrum
Disorder who have committed sexual offenses exist, the degree this disorder has on increasing
the likelihood of committing sexual offenses is unclear. Characteristics and deficits associated
with Autism Spectrum Disorder are reviewed and possible impacts they may have on
inappropriate sexual behaviors. Identifying gaps in the knowledge of the relationship between
Autism Spectrum Disorder and inappropriate sexual behavior should aid professionals who work
with this population.