An Arizona man faked Down syndrome to hire three female caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers, police say

Paul Anthony Menchaca

  • Paul Anthony Menchaca, 31, is accused of pretending to have Down syndrome and hiring care givers to bathe him and change his diapers.
  • He faces charges of felony fraud and sex abuse after three female caregivers came forward with allegations. 
  • Police say Menchaca posed as a woman named „Amy“ on caregiver sites searching for women to bathe and change the diapers of her son with Down syndrome.

An Arizona man has been arrested after being accused of pretending to have Down syndrome to hire caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers.

Paul Anthony Menchaca, 31, is facing felony fraud and sex abuse charges after posing as a woman named „Amy“ on caregiver sites searching for women to bathe and change the diapers of her son with Down syndrome, police say.

The three caregivers who were ultimately hired would then arrive at a home in Gilbert and perform such duties on Menchaca, believing he was mentally disabled and needed assistance, according to ABC 15.

Menchaca would use apps like Carelinx and care.com to find the caregivers, police say.

„‚Amy‘ asked all three victims to ‚punish‘ [Menchaca] when he soiled his diaper by putting him in timeout and taking away his privileges,“ according to the probable cause for arrest statement seen by CBS 5. „All three victims were paid in cash by [Menchaca] when they picked him up and dropped him off from neutral locations.“

The first victim told police that she changed Menchaca’s diaper and gave him baths 30 times this summer.

The second and third victims, who also know the first victim, told police they took over caregiving duties in July and August respectively.

All three women claimed that Menchaca would become sexually aroused when he was being bathed.

„He needed shower and grooming, he couldn’t use the bathroom himself, he couldn’t really be alone by himself. He acted like a child; his whole demeanor was childlike. He would act in tantrums, talk like a child, act like a child,“ one caregiver told ABC 15. „Why would you do that? Why would you make us change you knowing you didn’t have to. Why didn’t you give us a choice?”

It was discovered that Menchaca doesn’t have Down syndrome when one victim became suspicious and followed him to his actual home after being dropped off by another caregiver.

When she knocked on the door, Menchaca’s parents answered and she learned that the man did not have Down syndrome.

When all three victims confronted Menchaca, he admitted he had been lying about his mental condition, WCMH reported. He was arrested on September 6.

Menchaca had been employed as a crossing guard for a local school district. He resigned on August 31.

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