Child Imposter Faces 70 Years In Prison After Guilty Plea

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A 30-year-old man who started a skateboarding club at Rumsey Park and attended a Tonto Village school posing as a 13-year-old boy in 2005 on Friday pleaded guilty in Yavapai County Superior Court on six felony counts related to crimes in that county.

Gila County attorneys are awaiting the sentencing of Neil Havens Rodreick II in Yavapai County before making any final decisions on whether they will prosecute him, said Chief Deputy Attorney Bryan B. Chambers.

Rodreick pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, fraudulent schemes, assault and failure to register as a sex offender in Yavapai County. He faces no less than 70 years in jail. Authorities said they believe Rodreick never sexually abused any children in Arizona.

The Roundup reported in January 2007, that Rodreick attended Shelby Charter School in Tonto Village in August of 2005. He registered under the name of Casy Havens Rodreick, with a Payson address.

Rodreick, who was registered at the school for 21 days but only attended for nine, told school officials he had been home-schooled in Oklahoma so he had no school records.

Rodreick never completed his paperwork, which school officials asked for on a daily basis.

Students reported that Rodreick was a loner and stayed to himself most of the time, except to say "hello."

Another registered sex offender, Robert Snow, pretended to be Rodreick's uncle and guardian. Snow called the school on Sept. 2, 2005 telling them Rodreick would no longer attend the school.

School officials said Rodreick appeared to be 13 at the time. He apparently shaved his body hair and used makeup to appear as a child.

Rodreick, Snow, Brain Nellis and Lonnie Stiffler were all arrested by Yavapai County in January 2007 when they tried to enroll Rodreick in a Chino Valley charter school.

Nellis, Stiffler and Snow are still awaiting charges in Yavapai County. The date of Rodreick's sentencing will be scheduled by the end of the month.

While in Payson, Rodreick started a skateboard team at Rumsey Park called Plan Z. He told team members his parents were in the middle of a divorce in Oklahoma City and he was staying with his uncle, Snow.

Charley Lopez reported to the Roundup in 2007 that he was a member of Rodreick's skate team.

Lopez said he thought Rodreick was wearing makeup, but never thought Rodreick could be an adult sex offender.

Lopez said Rodreick looked to be close to 30 and he and other kids would make fun of how old he looked.

Rodreick reportedly held a team meeting at his trailer to discuss issues. Authorities at the time said they did not believe anything improper occurred between Rodreick and the team members.

Rodreick made team members and their parents sign a release form to be on the skate team. The age of team members ranged from 12 to 17.

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