GILBERT, Arizona — A twisted weirdo with a strange sexual fetish pretended to have Down syndrome in order to hire caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers, authorities said.
Several of the women told police that Paul Anthony Menchaca, 30, would grow aroused as they washed his genitals and would then “aggressively” insist they hadn’t cleaned him properly and needed to do it again, police said.
Mechaca is believed to have posed as a woman named Amy who posted on the caregiver site CareLinx.com, seeking someone to help take care of her son with Down syndrome in Gilbert, Arizona, KTVK-TV reported.
One caregiver told police she provided help with bathing and diaper changes on 30 separate occasions at places in Gilbert and Chandler, but not at Menchaca’s home.
In all, three women were hired by Amy, who only communicated with them via text, sometimes giving specific instructions.
“’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 statement. “All three victims were paid in cash by [Menchaca] when they picked him up and dropped him off from neutral locations.”
Police later determined that the number Amy texted from was Menchaca’s.
Eventually, one of the caregivers grew suspicious and followed him from where she had dropped him off to his home.
“[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,” the statement read.
Police say Menchaca “admitted to lying to them about his mental condition” when the three caregivers confronted him.
At his first court hearing, Menchaca told the judge: “I just want to let you know I am special needs. 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, was released on $15,000 bond.