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'Autistic' Man Cons Babysitters to Change Diaper for Sexual Purposes

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on December 16, 2010 12:43 PM

A diaper-wearing Oklahoma man conned babysitters into changing his diaper for sexual gratification. Police say Mark Anthony Richardson Jr., 21, concocted a perverse sexual scheme to get young girls to babysit him and change his diaper.

The bizarre arrangement usually left Richardson aroused when getting his diaper changed. However the babysitters thought that was part of his condition and that he simply lacked awareness of what he was doing.

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain's normal development and social communications skills. The disorder can also have serious behavioral issues. One thing is for sure, the disorder can be a lifelong struggle that requires the assistance of others for certain tasks -- a fact that makes Richardson's alleged actions all the more infuriating.

Not actually autistic or in need of diapers, what the 4-foot-9 Richardson really needs is a good attorney.

For his autistic con, Richardson has been charged with felony sexual battery and seven misdemeanor counts of outraging public decency, according to KCTV. Richardson is currently on probation stemming from a 2008 arson conviction. The public decency charge relates to the diaper changing, with the seven counts relating to each individual instance of diaper changing by the different babysitters.

"He has some mental disabilities. He's had them since he was born. This is not your average, everyday, walking-the-street citizen; he lives in a fantasy, not a reality," Richardson's mother told the local TV about her son.

Richardson found all the babysitters online. Whether Mark Anthony Richardson Jr. will face jail time will likely come after a psychiatric evaluation.

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