30-year-old Paul Anthony Menchaca pretended to have Down syndrome just so he could hire female caregivers to change his diapers and give him regular baths.
The Arizona man was arrested at his parents’ house in Gilbert, Arizona after it was found out that he didn’t have Down Syndrome.
All of his victims are women, and the first one said that she responded to an advertisement on CareLinx.com in May.
The site aims to ‘easily find, hire, manage and pay licensed caregivers online’ for families who truly need professional help.
Under the fake name ‘Amy’, Menchaca tricked the first victim by saying he wanted assistance for his grown-up son.
The first caregiver said that she gave the 30-year-old assisted care over thirty times at two different addresses, neither of which was his real home address.
The first caregiver also stated that she could recall five ‘separate incidents when he aggressively said his genitals were not cleaned enough.’
She then referred the second caregiver in July, and then the third was referred in August. The two caregivers agreed to the terms “Amy” arranged.
All of them corresponded about instructions and payment with Amy through text.
“Amy” asked the three caregivers to “punish Menchaca when he soiled his diaper by putting him in timeout and taking away his privileges,” an arrest affidavit said.
“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 when the first caregiver became suspicious of Menchaca’s behavior. So one day, she followed him home from the spot where she dropped him off.
The affidavit stated: “[The victim] was greeted by [Menchaca’s] actual mother and father and discovered [Menchaca] did not have Down syndrome and did not require diaper changes.”
All three caregivers confronted the 30-year-old man, who then “admitted to lying to them about his mental condition.”
When they gave Amy’s number to authorities, it was also found that the number belonged to the man and not his mother.
Menchaca was charged with fraudulent schemes and sexual abuse. He also couldn’t have any contact with women, and Commissioner Michelle Carson set a secured bond of $15,000.
She said: “You must obey the terms of any order of protection or order against harassment that’s issued or may be issued in the future.”
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