Police: Man fakes Down syndrome, hires caregivers to change diapers

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GILBERT, Ariz. (KAKE) -

Police have arrested a 31-year-old Arizona man for allegedly pretending to have Down syndrome and hiring caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers. 

Officer arrested Paul Anthony Menchaca, of Gilbert, last Thursday. He's since been charged with fraudulent schemes and sexual abuse.

KNXV-TV reports Menchaca reportedly posed as "Amy" and hired a caregiver to bathe and change the diapers of her son with Down syndrome.

The first victim later reported to police that she assisted Menchaca with diaper changes and baths on 30 occasions over the summer. A second and third victim took over caregiving duties starting in July. Police say the three victims all know each other, and all said Menchaca would become sexually aroused as 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 said. "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?"

One victim became suspicious and followed Menchaca to his actual home after he was dropped off by another caregiver. She knocked on the door, met Menchaca's parents and discovered he does not have Down syndrome. 

Menchaca was a crossing guard for the Chandler Unified School District and resigned on August 31.