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Arizona man fakes Down syndrome, hires women to bathe him, change his diapers

Paul Anthony Menchaca

Paul Anthony Menchaca

GILBERT, Ariz. — Police say they have arrested an Arizona man who pretended to have Down syndrome and hired caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers.

According to Gilbert police, 31-year-old Paul Anthony Menchaca posed as a woman on jobsites for caregivers saying she needed assistance with her adult son. Citing court documents, ABC15 reported Thursday that three women were hired to care for Menchaca at different points over the summer, with the first saying she bathed and assisted him 30 times.

Police say all three reported Menchaca becoming aroused during baths.

He was arrested Sept. 6 on fraud and sexual abuse charges.

Police say Menchaca used to work for the the Chandler Unified School District. School officials confirmed he worked there for the last two years in support staff positions, and that he resigned on Aug. 31. The district said Menchaca did not work with students directly without the supervision of certified staff.

A letter provided to media outlets from Chandler's Bogle Junior High principal Nathan Fairchild reads:

I’m writing to inform you that Paul Menchaca, a former aide in Ms. DeMann's classroom at Bogle, was arrested last Thursday evening at his home in Gilbert. His arrest was not related to his work with children at Bogle Junior High or any other CUSD school. He resigned the week previous and is no longer employed by the school district. Though his arrest did not involve any of our students, we had previously notified the parents of the classroom where he had worked as an aide and wanted you to be aware as well.

In a video of an initial court appearance, Menchaca said he has special needs and a low IQ level.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney.


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