So, in February 2012 my then 15 year old was hospitalized. He is bipolar and over the month of February ended up being hospitalized 3 separate times. He was having some mania and during one of the stays he was apparently hanging out in the patient tv area with another boy and a girl. He and the other boy were saying sexual things and he touched the girl inappropriately (he touched her vaginal area outside of her pants with his foot). This was in a monitored area and the girl apparently never said anything to the staff. We never knew anything about it. December of last year we were contacted by several detectives from the police department of the city where the hospital is located. The girl did not say anything to the staff while inpatient but told a therapist in an after care program who then reported it to CPS who reported it to the police. The police then put it on the back burner because of a backlog of work and the girl being unavailable for an interview. When they finally contacted us, they first talked to my son alone without a parent present. He basically said that yes he did those things... I went to the hospital and they said they had no record of the event happening. The girl did not want my son charged because she said " they were just messing around". Her father however is a police officer in another city and pushed for the charges. He ended up being sentenced to one year formal probation, community service, enrollment in a sex offenders program for a year ( he has to attend once a week for an hour and a half and we are required to attend a parents group during this time) and enrollment in a once a week drug and alcohol program even though this isn't an issue for him. There are other various requirements as well... What just blows my mind is that while I know what he was doing was inappropriate and he admits to it- he was hospitalized for being manic and impulsive and what he did was something that he knows is wrong and he would never have done if he wasn't manic . Basically, he is being punished for his disability or rather doing something while under the effects of his disability.