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A Louisiana man has, once again, been charged with posing as a person with special needs to con babysitters into changing his diaper, according to authorities..
Rutledge Deas IV, 31, was taken into custody following an arrest warrant issued on Dec. 20, 2021, according to a news release from the Louisiana State Police. Authorities say this is the second time they’ve charged Deas after he allegedly pretended to have disabilities to recruit victims into babying him.
Detectives referenced Deas’ November 2019 arrest when announcing charges of human trafficking and attempted human trafficking on Thursday.
“On Dec. 20, 2021, detectives began a second investigation after learning of a text message, sent by Deas, which exhibited similar behaviors,” said State Police. “In the message, Deas indicated that he was engaged in ‘alternative therapy’ and offered to pay the victim to change his diapers.”
Authorities stated Deas tried to persuade the victim to “solicit other babysitters” to care for him. Deas was arrested at his home and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
In November 2019, investigators arrested Deas on 10 counts each of sexual battery and human trafficking, plus one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, as previously reported. In that case, Deas went online and tried to recruit home health workers to care for his nonexistent 18-year-old brother, “Cory,” who supposedly had physical and mental disabilities.
Police stated that Deas then posed as “Cory,” obtaining sexual arousal when victims changed his soiled diapers.
“After providing home care on at least ten separate occasions, the victim became increasingly suspicious of Deas’ behavior and subsequently discovered ‘Cory’ was actually Rudledge ‘Rory’ Deas posing as his fictitious handicapped brother,” police said.
In December 2020, Deas pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years probation and 400 hours of community service. Deas was also required to maintain steady employment, attend addiction counseling online, and refrain from social media.
One of his victims, who wished to remain anonymous, commented on Deas’ “disgusting” crimes after the 2020 sentencing, according to NBC affiliate WDSU.
“Hopefully, he follows through with that,” said the female. “I don’t believe that he will because five years is a long time. I hope he can make himself better.”
According to jail records with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Deas is being held on a $25,000 bond for the attempted human trafficking charge and a $75,000 bond for the human trafficking charge. He is also charged with five counts of violating probation. It was not clear whether or not Deas had retained legal representation.
Louisiana State Police are appealing for help in their ongoing investigation and looking into the possibility of more victims. Detectives urge anyone with information to contact them at 504-310-7000.
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