Sex Offender, 30, Posed as Schoolboy
A 30-year-old sex offender who posed as a 12-year-old boy to enrol
at schools in the US for two years has pleaded guilty to child porn and other charges.
Neil Havens Rodreick II attended schools in Arizona, and although
authorities found no evidence he committed any offences while in
school, a large collection of pornography was found at his home, the Associated Press reported.
Rodreick had faced 28 counts but pleaded guilty to seven of them
last week in Yavapai County Superior Court in northern Arizona,
according to a plea agreement document obtained by the AP.
Rodreick pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of
a minor stemming from the pornography, as well as one count each
of failure to register as a sex offender, fraud and simple assault.
Rodreick attended schools in Surprise, Payson and Prescott Valley
starting in 2005, authorities said.
He shaved and wore pancake makeup to help him appear younger,
convincing teachers, students and administrators that he was a
young boy named Casey.
He was caught in January 2007 after spending a day in the seventh
grade at a school after school officials became suspicious about
Rodreick was arrested with three other men, who were posing as his
cousin, uncle and grandfather.
Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk said that according to the terms
of the plea deal, Rodreick must serve no less than 70 years and six
months in prison.
The trial for the other men was due to begin on November 19, the AP said.