According to law enforcement, 31-year-old Rutledge Deas IV hired babysitters after he posted that he needed his diapers changed and wanted to be treated like a child.
According to CBS 42, Deas, who is from Louisana, he was arrested after law enforcement looked into some of the text messages he sent to scam victims. In the messages, as CBS 42 reports, he told the victims that he wanted to pay them to change his diapers, which is something he said was a part of his “alternative therapy.”
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After hiring the babysitters, he then attempted to get those he hired to recruit other victims to care for him. A warrant was issued for his arrested and he was detained by police at his Metairie home.
After being booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, Deas was charged with human trafficking and attempted human trafficking, as well as four counts of probation violation. In an additional report by Law & Crimes, this isn’t the first time Rutledge Deas IV was charged with “tricking women into changing his diaper.”
In 2020, Deas reportedly pleaded guilty to hiring the victims. At the time, one of the people he hired admitted that they hoped the probationary period he was sentenced to would change him.
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“Hopefully he follows through with that,” the victim allegedly said. “I don’t believe that he will because five years is a long time. I hope he can make himself better.”
Back in 2019, Deas pretended to have a non-existent, 18-year-old younger brother living with a disability named Cory as a way to solicit the babysitters to “help him.” As part of his parole agreement, he is not allowed to have social media and he must also attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as go to therapy.
Sadly, as his recent arrest proves, that wasn’t the case. Police said they began another investigation into Deas’ behavior after being alert to text messages that showcased he was violating parole.
“In the message, Deas indicated that he was engaged in ‘alternative therapy’ and offered to pay the victim to change his diapers,” cops wrote, according to Law & Crime. “As part of the ongoing investigation, detectives learned Deas attempted to recruit the victim to solicit other babysitters to care for him while he again posed as a younger man with special needs.”
His bond has been set to $100,000.
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