Paul Anthony Menchaca, 31, was accused of pretending to have Down syndrome and the hiring of caregivers to bathe him and his diapers.
(Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office )
An Arizona man was accused of pretending to have Down syndrome and hired caregivers to bathe him and his diapers, police said.
Paul Anthony Menchaca, 31, Gilbert, Arizona, was arrested on Sept. 6 on fraud and sexual abuse. The Gilbert Police Department said Menchaca as a woman with the name “Amy” on a carer job site called CareLinx.com that she needed help with her adult son, FOX 10 Phoenix reported. Three carers, all women, were hired to care for Menchaca at different points in the summer, with the first woman to say that they are under the shower and stood him 30 times.
Sgt. Darrell Krueger, a spokesman for the Gilbert Police Department told The Washington Post, Menchaca asked the caregivers to meet him in the restaurants are dirty diapers in public restrooms.
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All three women said Menchaca was aroused while bathing, police said. The caregivers said: “Amy” texted them telling them to “punish” Menchaca if he soiled his diaper.
The first supervisor became suspicious and followed the Menchaca house earlier this month and met his parents. They discovered Menchaca “is not about Down syndrome and did not need diaper changes,” a probable cause statement said.
The man’s parents told investigators Menchaca is not the Down syndrome. In a video of a first appearance, Menchaca said he has special needs and a low IQ level.
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“My father and mother both have papers to prove that, and began to talk with my father about getting me some help, and getting me a counselor,” Menchaca told the judge, according to FOX 10 Phoenix.
Menchaca was scheduled to appear in court on 17 September. It was not immediately clear whether he had obtained an attorney.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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