Child Imposter Gets 70-Plus Years

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies escort Neil Havens Rodreick II back to jail to begin serving a 70.5-year sentence imposed by Judge Thomas Lindberg on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 in Yavapai County Superior Court.

A 31-year-old man, who started a skateboarding club at Rumsey Park and attended a Tonto Village school and other Arizona schools as a 12-year-old boy, was sentenced on Tuesday to 70-1/2 years in prison for crimes committed in Yavapai County.

Neil Havens Rodreick II had faced 28 counts, but pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, fraud, assault and failure to register as a sex offender in Yavapai County as part of a plea deal.

On Sept. 5, Rodreick pleaded guilty in Yavapai County Superior Court to seven criminal charges related to crimes in that county, two of which related to masquerading as a child and others to pornography.

T.M. Shultz with The Daily Courier reported that Judge Thomas Lindberg sentenced Rodreick to 17 years each on four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor involving pornography found on a computer at the home Rodreick shared with three other men involved in the case.

Rodreick must serve each 17-year term consecutively with no chance of parole.

Lindberg also sentenced Rodreick to five years for fraudulent schemes for falsifying school documents. Rodreick must serve that charge concurrently with the other charges. Lindberg also sentenced Rodreick to 2.5 years for failure to register as a sex offender, and 30 days in jail for misdemeanor assault. He must serve the assault sentence concurrently with his failure to register as a sex offender sentence.

In Gila County, Rodreick attended Shelby Charter School in Tonto Village. Rodreick registered under a Payson address in August of 2005 with the name Casy Havens Rodreick, according to Roundup archives.

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.

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, 46, pretended to be Rodreick’s uncle and guardian. Snow called the Tonto Village School on Sept. 2, 2005, telling them Rodreick would no longer attend.

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

While in Payson, Rodreick also 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.

Rodreick, Snow, convicted sex offender Brain Nellis, 36, who posed as Rodreick’s cousin, and Lonnie Stiffler, 63, who posed as Rodreick’s grandfather, were all arrested by Yavapai County in January 2007 when they tried to enroll Rodreick in a Chino Valley charter school.

Stiffler was sentenced to 14 years, Snow to 22 years and Nellis to 51 years in prison with no chance of parole.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said she would not pursue charges against Rodreick because none of the crimes he allegedly committed in Gila County involved victims.

“As it is highly unlikely any conviction in Gila County would result in any further penalty, it would be a waste of judicial resources to pursue at this time,” Flores said.

Rodreick will be approximately 99 years old when he is eligible for release in 2077.

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