Pervert pretends to have Down syndrome and hires female caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers
Paul Anthony Menchaca contacted the carers pretending to be his mother Amy who told them that she wanted her grown son with Down syndrome to be looked after
A man in Arizona was arrested for pretending to have Down Syndrome just so he could hire caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers. Paul Anthony Menchaca, 30, was arrested at his parents' home last Thursday in Gilbert, Arizona after authorities discovered that he did not have Down Syndrome, reports the Daily Mail.
As per the publication, all of Menchaca's victims were reportedly women. Reports suggest that the first victim had responded to a May ad on CareLinx.com, a website that describes itself as being "a nationwide caregiver marketplace" with an aim to "easily find, hire, manage and pay licensed caregivers online" for families.
Mechaca took the disguise of 'Amy' and conned the first carer by saying that she wanted care for her grown son who has Down Syndrome. The woman claimed that she gave Menchaca assisted care 30 times at two addresses, neither of which was his home address.
The first caregiver then referred a second person for the job in the month of July and the two together referred a third one in August. All the caregivers agreed to "Amy's terms", as per reports, and all correspondence regarding payments and instructions were done with Amy via text, the caregivers said.
An arrest affidavit on the case read, "'Amy' asked all three victims to 'punish' [Menchaca] when he soiled his diaper by putting him in timeout and taking away his privileges. All three victims were paid in cash by [Menchaca] when they picked him up and dropped him off from neutral locations."
It was in September that the first caregiver started to grow suspicious of Menchaca’s behavior and decided to follow him home from where she dropped him off.
"[The victim] was greeted by [Menchaca's] actual mother and father and she discovered [Menchaca] did not have Down Syndrome and did not require diaper changes," stated the affidavit.
When all the three caregivers confronted the man, he "admitted to lying to them about his mental condition."
Once the caregivers handed over Amy's number to the police, they found out that it was being operated by Menchaca himself. All the three women provided the court with written statements, as per reports.
"I fear for my safety in regards to that, as well as my family and friends, because I did bring my family and friends around him hoping that he would get substantial bond," the woman said.
However, Menchaca claimed to have special needs and said that he was working with his parents to get help.
"I just want to let you know I am special needs," he said. "I do have a low IQ level. And my mom and dad both have paperwork to prove that. And I'm starting to talk to my dad about getting me some help and getting me into a counselor and probably like a rehab center to talk to somebody."
Menchaca, who has no criminal history, is expected to reappear in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday after being charged with fraudulent schemes and sexual abuse. Commissioner Michelle Carson reportedly instructed him that he couldn't have contact with the women and set a secured bond of $15,000. "You must obey the terms of any order of protection or order against harassment that's issued or may be issued in the future," she added.