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Man who groped several woman will have shorter sentence because of autism

Robert Rickaby
Robert Rickaby

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Former locomotive engineer Robert Rickaby will spend some time behind bars, but the 15 year sentence he could have received will be much shorter due to a recent diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.

Rickaby admitted running through downtown Madison, and UW-Madison campus area grabbing and fondling six to eight women.

The diagnosis suggests Rickaby perception of events can be altered by the condition. He was given a one-year sentence, but will continue his mental health treatment after six months.

Dane County Judge Sarah O’Brien told the defendant he had no right to treat women the way he did. She said, though he isn’t going to prison this time, a repeat of the behavior will result in a prison sentence.

Last August, Rickaby admits he groped several women.