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Should autistic man have to register as a sex offender?

4-29-17 Pennsylvania:

Brett Mika allegedly used his cell phone to solicit sex from a 15-year-old.

But the 32-year-old Bethlehem man is autistic and has the sexual awareness of a 12-year-old, according to his attorney.

If he's convicted and forced to register as a sex offender, he risks losing the insurance that helps him get sex offender treatment and faces big obstacles moving to a treatment facility when his parents can no longer care for him, attorney Rory Driscole said.

Northampton County Judge Stephen Baratta must decide whether Mika's special needs outweigh the need to protect the community.

He asked for time Friday to read a psychological report prepared about Mika.

Mika was charged in 2015 after he texted the teenager. The victim reported the text immediately to his school counselor, who reported it to Bethlehem Township police. Police kept texting Mika, pretending to be a teenager, and said Mika sent them sexually explicit texts.

Driscole said Mika found the teen by randomly texting phone numbers.

"He would think of numbers off the top of his head and ask them to send him pictures of his tummy," Driscole said. Driscole said Mika was looking for a "companion" more than he wanted sex. Police searched all the electronic devices in his home and found no pornography or inappropriate communication with minors. ..Source.. by Rudy Miller

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