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A Louisiana man pretended to have special needs in order to have women he hired as babysitters change his diapers was sentenced to probation this week.
A judge sentenced Rutledge Deas IV on Monday to five years of probation and 400 hours of community service, in addition to having to maintain employment, attend addiction counseling via the internet, and refrain from using social media, NOLA.com reports. The sentencing comes after Deas pleaded guilty.
Louisiana State Police arrested Deas, a 29-year-old New Orleans resident, in November 2019 following reports that Deas was using the internet to engage in fraud and later commit sexual battery, police said in a press release issued last year. Through the course of their investigation, police learned that Deas had advertised on social media to find a home health care worker to look after his disabled, 18-year-old brother “Cory.” However, once the workers arrived, Deas would pretend to be “Cory” and have the women change his diapers, which aroused him sexually. One of his victims, an unnamed woman, provided care for “Cory” on at least 10 separate occasions before she realized what was happening and reported Deas to the police.
Police arrested Deas at his home on Nov. 12, 2019 without incident, the release states. He was subsequently charged with 10 counts of sexual battery, 10 counts of human trafficking (labor), and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
At least two women found out about Deas’ lies only after his arrest, NOLA.com reports. At one court hearing, one of the women described how learning the truth changed her outlook on the world.
“I used to believe that almost everyone in the world was inherently good. ... In this case, I was wrong,” the unnamed woman said.
Lawyers for Deas claimed that he suffered from issues related to substance abuse and poor mental health, and that his actions stemmed from sexual trauma he’d experienced as a child, NOLA.com reports.
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