There seems to be little relationship between Asperger’s Disorder and criminal activity. When crimes are committed by individuals with Asperger’s Disorder, they have a different flavor than crimes committed by other disordered offenders. While their criminal activity may result in harm to people or property, it is usually not their intent to do so. Instead, their criminal behavior is often motivated by their special interest. For example, a teen interested in chemistry may experiment with explosives and bring them to school to see how they explode in a locker. In other cases, the criminal behavior may be related to a coexisting disorder rather than Asperger’s Disorder, such as a depressed teen who assaults a schoolmate who relentlessly teases him.
Other criminal behavior may be the result of misunderstanding appropriate rules of behavior, such as following a romantic interest home repeatedly. What seems to the Asperger’s Disorder adult to be a display of interest appears to be stalking to the victim. Teens with Asperger’s Disorder may naively engage in criminal activity at the urging of their peers. In stark contrast to most criminal offenders, those with Asperger’s Disorder do not try to cover up their crimes and will readily admit to their behaviors when questioned.