Just when you thought you had heard everything to worry about as a parent, Neil Havens Rodreick II comes along (pictured on the left). The 30-year-old sex offender was able to pose as a 12-year-old boy in Arizona schools for two years. He has been criminally charged. However, he is not unique. In England, James Chester, 22, posed as a teen schoolboy to have sex and eventually flee with a 13-year-old girl.
Rodreick was arrested in January 2007 and originally charged with 28 counts, but pleaded guilty of seven — four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor stemming from the pornography,one count of failure to register as a sex offender, one count of fraud and one count of simple assault.
At one school, he groped a girl. She did not report it because she thought he was a kid but eventually came forward when he was exposed.
He was arrested with Brian J. Nellis, 36, who posed as Rodreick’s cousin, Two other men, Lonnie Eugene Stiffler, 63, and Robert James Snow, 45, posed as their uncle and grandfather. Nellis and Snow are convicted sex offenders.
At his arrest, police found more than 600 graphic photos and videos of child pornography in Rodreck’s room. One sex tape shows Rodreick and a boy between the ages of 10 and 13 having sex in a motel room. He was convicted in 1996 (and served six years) in Oklahoma for propositioning a 6-year-old boy.
Meanwhile, in England, James Chester, befriended a girl’s brother and appeared in a school uniform. He became close to the family in Portsmouth in early 2007. He had a long-term sexual relationship with the 13-year-old girl.
Her parents reported her missing when he took the girl on a trip to Northern Ireland last year.
He was arrested and later pleaded guilty to child abduction and sexual activity with a child.
Chester had used a fake birth certificate and a letter of support to become a pupil at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Portsmouth, in 2005. He pretended to be a 10-year-old child until he was discovered. What is astonishing is that he was never charged.
Even now, it does not appear that he will serve serious jail time and has been ordered to stay away from children and to register with a sex offender program.
For the full story out of Arizona, click here.
For the full story out of England, click here.