(WARNING: This story contains allegations of activities that may be disturbing for some. Discretion is advised)
PHOENIX (KSAZ) — The story of a Valley man who police say tricked caregivers into thinking he was special needs, paying them to change his diaper for his sexual gratification has gone viral. Now, the caregivers who were reportedly caught up in the nightmare is speaking out.
The man, identified as 30-year-old Paul Menchaca, is facing multiple charges, and us due back in court on September 17.
The caregivers spoke about how the suspect would act in their care, and they also said once they caught him– his demeanor was totally different… He wasn’t shaking or being repetitive.
Sara Allen, 19, was contacted by Menchaca through a website called CareLinx in May. She said people who need the service are supposed to be screened.
“CareLinx is, basically, you post your name and what you’re qualified to do, and people who see it will come and message you, and ask you to help them, and if you’re able to, your availability,” said Allen.
Allen was told by a pretend woman via text, which she later found out was really Menchaca himself, that he had Down syndrome, and needed help changing his diaper and bathing. When Allen worked with him, that’s what she believed because of his actions.
“Child-like. Very childish,” said Allen. “He would talk like a child. He would act like a child.”
Allen said she even quit one of her jobs to help take care of Menchaca, and got her two friends involved when she couldn’t make appointments.
Alexandra Douglas, 20, was one of them. She began in August, and said every time she changed his diaper, he was sexually aroused.
“We always thought, like, I was listening to her, ’cause she basically was, like, ‘well, listen, people with Down syndrome, they don’t understand, and they don’t notice this,’ so that’s what we kept believe in, and it happens every time we changed his diaper,” said Douglas.
The three girls, however, slowly started to get suspicious once stories stopped adding up, and Menchaca stopped paying them the $160 per day he originally offered. Allen approached Menchaca at his parents house after dropping him off one day. She said that’s when the girls found out he doesn’t have Down syndrome, and hasn’t needed 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,” said Douglas. “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.”
When the girls confronted Menchaca themselves in his parent’s living room, they say he wouldn’t even look at them.
“He couldn’t even look at us,” said Allen. “He was just sitting down, with his head between his legs. Basically, like, talking and mumbling, and his dad kept asking, like, ‘answer them. They want to know. These girls, you messed with their lives. They want to know’, and all I kept yelling was, basically, like, asking him why. Why would you do this?”– why why would you do this,”
In court paperwork, Menchalka told police he was a crossing guard for the chandler school district.
He will be back in court on September 17.