College Student Faked Having Autism to Scare Away Masturbating Intruder

Westchester County District Attorney

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A New York college student found herself confronted with a terrifying sexual predator and, thinking quickly, got rid of him in a rather odd way: she pretended to be autistic.

32-year-old Ariel Caro broke into the dorm room of a female Pace University student in Pleasantville, New York on September 11th, 2018, forcing his way after knocking and having the door opened for him because the student inside thought he was someone else. Caro then forced his way into the room, closed the door behind him, exposed himself, and began masturbating.

When Caro refused to leave the student, not knowing what else to do at that moment, began acting as if she were an autistic person. She repeated a series of expressions, imitating forms of autism she had seen on television. The student repeated the phrases louder and louder until the intruder finally decided to flee.

Caro was found later that night by police in an abandoned dorm room he’d broken into earlier. He was charged with burglary and felony sex abuse and sentenced to two and a half years in state prison.

The victim in the attack was so traumatized by the event that she considered dropping out of college. At Caro’s sentencing on Monday, prosecutors read a statement from the victim which called Caro a threat to society and expressed the victim’s own struggles with fear and hopelessness after the heinous attack.

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