A sex offender posing as a 12-year-old has been indicted on 15 counts of child pornography involving sexual exploitation of a minor, the Yavapai County Attorney's office reported today.
Neil Rodreick II had also been charged with fraudulent schemes, failure to register as a sex offender, five counts of forgery, taking the identity of another, possession of a forgery device and a misdemeanor assault charge.
Rodreick, a convicted sex offender from Oklahoma, was arrested last week after trying to enroll at Mingus Springs Charter School in Chino Valley. After searching the home, investigators confiscated computers and videotapes, at least one of which contained images of Rodreick with a juvenile, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reports.
Between August and November, Rodreick successfully posed as seventh-grader "Casey Price" and attended class at Imagine School at Rosefield in Surprise. So far, the Surprise Police Department has found no cases of inappropriate behavior.
Rodreick camouflaged his age by shaving his body hair, wearing makeup and dressing the part, investigators report.
Three men living with Rodreick have also been indicted on charges including sexual exploitation of a minor. Two of the men, Robert Snow and Lonnie Stiffler, believed Rodreick was 12. They had a sexual relationship with him, investigators say. Brian Nellis, a former cellmate of Rodreick's, was possibly in on the con, the Sheriff's office reported.
All four men will appear in court 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in Division 5 of the Yavapai County Superior Court. If found guilty, each man faces in excess of 100 years in prison.