Arizona man fakes Down syndrome so carers can bathe him and change diapers

A man has been arrested in Arizona for pretending to have Down syndrome so he could hire caregivers to change his diapers and bathe him.

According to ABC13 News, police arrested 31-year-old Paul Anthony Menchaca on September 6 at his home in Gilbert, Arizona.

Police say Menchaca allegedly posed as a mother called "Amy" in order to hire a caregiver to look after her son with Down syndrome.

A caregiver then told police she assisted Menchaca with diaper changes and baths on around 30 occasions over the US summer at different locations in the Phoenix area.

Two more victims then took over care giving duties in July this year. Police say the three caregivers all know each other, and said Menchaca became sexually aroused when they bathed him.

Menchaca's ruse was discovered when his first caregiver became suspicious and followed him to his actual home after he was dropped off at an address after a caregiver session.

She met Menchaca's parents and found out he didn't have Down syndrome or need care.

The caregivers then banded together and confronted Menchaca, who confessed he had been lying to them.

Menchaca has since been charged with sexual abuse and fraudulent schemes.

Paul Anthony Menchaca. Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office