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TN: Five year old autistic boy accused of being a sex offender

  • September 25, 2019

[ – 9/25/19]

According to WTVC, East Ridge Elementary said the child overstepped his boundaries, but the boy’s mother insists he doesn’t know any better.

Summery Putnam, Nathan’s mom, said she received a call from her son’s teacher about three weeks ago.

“I was sick to my stomach because first of all don’t you understand he’s a 5-year-old? He’s a child?” Putnam said. “The teacher called me and she said, ‘You need to have a talk with Nathan about boundaries.’”

Putnam said Nathan’s autism makes it difficult for him to understand social cues.

“If you don’t understand how autism works you’ll think he’s acting out or being defiant. But that’s not the situation,” she said.

Putnam said the teacher accused Nathan of sexual activities after she was told he hugged a child and kissed another child on the cheek.

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