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'It's mortifying': Caregivers say man faked special needs, had them change his diapers

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GILBERT, Ariz. —

Police arrested an Arizona man who pretended to have special needs and hired caregivers to bathe and change his diapers, according to authorities.

Two of those caregivers spoke with KSAZ-TV about 31-year-old Paul Menchaca, who they believed had Down syndrome.

"He would talk like a child. He would act like a child,” said Sara Allen, 19.

Menchaca posed as a woman online to hire the caregivers to take care of him, police said.

Allen went to his home on about 30 occasions over the summer to bathe and change his diapers, KNTV-TV reported.

Allen said she enlisted the help of two others when she was unable to go to appointments.

Alexandra Douglas, 20, also cared for Menchaca. She said he would become sexually aroused whenever she changed his diaper.

Menchaca began to raise suspicions with the women when he stopped paying for the $160 a day service. They eventually spoke with his parents and learned he doesn’t have special needs and hasn’t needed to use a diaper since he was a child.

"You're having an older man, like, take advantage of you and get pleasure out of you touching their privates," Douglas told KSAZ-TV. "It's mortifying. It's embarrassing. Like, knowing that someone could take advantage of you like that, and then not get the repercussions that they should."

Menchaca, of Gilbert, located outside of Phoenix, was arrested Sept. 6 and taken into the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Police said he worked as a crossing guard for an Arizona school district.

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