Chesterfield man with Asperger’s syndrome gets three years in sexual assault case

At the time of the assault, Harrison had not been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning subtype of autism.

A person with Asperger’s can appear normal and have above-average intelligence but may have profound social shortcomings that, according to Harrison’s lawyers, can include the inability or limited ability to interpret body language and other nonverbal communication and to be unaware of the distress or disinterest of others.

Harrison’s mother, Judy Harrison, said Tuesday that her son is having an extremely difficult time in jail because of his disability and because he has not been allowed to take his medications.

“Understandably, we are heartbroken and trying to ensure that Drew is at very least treated humanely,” she said.