A Louisiana man on probation for his involvement in a human trafficking case has landed in jail again for hiring women to treat him like a baby and change his diapers, police said.
Rutledge Deas IV, 31, of Metairie was arrested last week on one count of human trafficking and one count of attempted human trafficking, Louisiana State Police announced in a Facebook post.
Deas, who was reportedly out on probation after pleading guilty to human trafficking and sexual battery charges in 2019, apparently posed as a younger man with special needs online while attempting to recruit babysitters to treat him like a child.
He allegedly told potential recruits that he was engaged in "alternative therapy’" and offered to pay them to change his diapers. Police said it was the same type of behavior that he had engaged in two years ago.
In a 2019 news release following his initial arrest, police said that Deas "utilized social media advertisements to obtain home health care for his mentally and physically handicapped 18-year-old brother named 'Cory.'"
"Upon arranging for a home health care provider, Deas would then pose as 'Cory' while allowing the care provider to change his adult diaper and obtain sexual arousal under the false pretenses of being handicapped," police added.
Police launched a second investigation into Deas last week after obtaining a text message that he had sent that "exhibited similar behaviors." Investigators said that Deas attempted to use his previous victim to recruit other babysitters.
Deas was subsequently located at his Metairie residence and arrested. He is being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. The investigation remains ongoing as police search for possible additional victims.
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In 2019, detectives wrote in a police report that Deas demonstrated an "adult diaper fetish" and "may derive sexual gratification from engaging in infantile behavior," according to WDSU-TV.
Deas claimed at the time he suffers from severe depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.