Perils on the Playground: Cases in Arizona and Portsmouth of Pedophiles Posing as Children Alarm Authorities

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.

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  1. Top Secret Military Bases


    ABC News Groom Toxic Suit Transcript

    Source: ABC World News Tonight
    with Peter Jennings

    August 1, 1994.

    [Supplement to the Groom Lake Desert Rat. The transcript is followed by a press release from George Washington University concerning the suit.]

    FORREST SAWYER (fill-in anchor): Some government employees are going to court this week, charging that their work has made them sick. What makes their claim so unusual is what they do and where–at a super secret military base called Groom Lake whose very existence we first reported just a couple of months ago. Here’s our legal affairs correspondent Cynthia McFadden.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: These people are not your average commuters. [Workers boarding jets at McCarran Airport.] Among them are engineers and technicians helping develop America’s most secret new weapons. Every day they fly a half an hour into the desert from Las Vegas on an airline that doesn’t exist.

    [In desert.] The planes land at an air base just behind these hills. Showing it to you would be a crime. And if you have ever worked at the air base, talking about it is a crime. And yet some of the workers say they now must talk about environmental crimes they say the government committed.

    VICTIM (in shadow, voice disguised): We all done a lot of coughing while the smoke was blowing in our direction. I developed cancer. I guess I’m not cured of it.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: This man and at least a dozen others say that throughout the 1980s a deadly smoke was produced by weekly burnings in huge pits at the air base.

    WITNESS (in shadow, voice disguised): There were several trenches about 300 feet long and about 25 to 30 feet across and about 25 feet deep.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN (to WITNESS): What was the purpose of the trenches?

    WITNESS: For the destruction of classified material.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: Materials like those used to make the stealth fighter invisible to radar. Where better to dispose of the secret compounds than the secret air base, as seen in this 1988 Russian satellite photograph. An air base where the environmental laws didn’t seem to reach.

    WITNESS: The running joke was, it was the place that didn’t exist, so consequently anything could occur there.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: The Air Force says that while we can’t take a picture of the base, they can’t object to our showing you this Russian photo. It shows where workers say the trenches were located.

    VICTIM: It was thick black smoke. Sometimes it was thick gray. The smell was very nauseating. It would burn your eyes. It would burn your throat.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: And the smoke, say some of those who worked in it, made them sick.

    VICTIM: I developed a rash, skin rash. I used sandpaper to get the scale off, because it’s the only way I can remove it.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN (to VICTIM): Do other men that you worked with describe a similar rash?

    VICTIM: One in particular, yes. He had it all over his body.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: What happened to him?

    VICTIM: He died.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: Robert Frost was a sheet metal worker at the base, until he started developing these rashes. Neither he nor his wife could figure out what had caused them. Just before his death, they sent a tissue sample to Peter Kahn, an expert on hazardous chemicals. His conclusion? Robert Frost had been exposed to types of dioxins and dibenzofurons, which are not normally seen in humans.

    PROF. PETER KAHN (“Rutgers University”): My only reaction is, what on earth has this man been exposed to?

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: Frost died in 1989 of cirrhosis of the liver, but his widow Helen says that while Frost did drink, he was no alcoholic. She believes the real cause of her husband’s death was working at Groom Lake.

    HELEN FROST: Who does the government think they are that they can go around killing people. That’s called murder.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: The Air Force told Mrs. Frost that it had nothing to do with her husband’s death, so she and her daughters, along with a dozen others who worked at the air base, have hired themselves a lawyer.

    PROF. JONATHAN TURLEY (to Frost family): Many of our clients may be developing more extensive injuries similar to your father’s.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: They want to lift the secrecy surrounding the burning and find out what the workers were exposed to. The government’s position has been that these people have no right to go to court, that national security demands continued secrecy. Air Force and Environmental Protection Agency officials said that they would not comment on the pending legal action.

    PROF. JONATHAN TURLEY (“George Washington Law Center”): The secrecy oath doesn’t mean that my clients have stopped being citizens of the United States. It doesn’t mean that they are non-persons and they’ve got a non-injury.

    CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: The government says there were no environmental crimes committed there at Groom Lake, the Air Force base that doesn’t exist. They say, nobody’s sick. Jonathan Turley and his clients say given a chance they can prove otherwise.

    Cynthia McFadden, ABC News, on the road to Groom Lake.



    Below is a PRESS RELEASE from George Washington University, Office of University Relations, Washington, D.C….

    August 2, 1994


    Washington, D.C. — The George Washington University National Law Center Professor of Environmental Law Jonathan Turley, in an unprecedented move, filed suit today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to live up to its duties to inspect violations of federal environmental laws. This will be the first in a series of legal actions planned by Professor Turley.

    Turley is representing current and former workers at Area 51, a secret Air Force base in Nevada — also known as Dreamland or Groom Lake. The suit alleges serious injuries, and at least one death, to employees due to the burning of hazardous and toxic wastes at the facility. Turley’s suit further alleges that workers were denied requests for protective clothing — including gloves — in handling hazardous wastes. Workers, who signed secrecy agreements upon employment at the base, will be represented as “John and Jane Does” to prevent possible retaliation, including physical threats.

    This case is the first of it’s kind. Area 51 is generally considered the most secret, classified base in the U.S. military network. “By forcing compliance at Area 51, we hope to establish a precedent whereby the military will be forced to acknowledge its responsibilities in every base and facility,” says Turley. “Ultimately, this case is a direct confrontation between national security laws and environmental and criminal laws.”

    Specifically, Turley will be asking the D.C. court to force the EPA to inspect and monitor the secret base. He will argue that the federal hazardous waste law does not give any exception for secret bases in its provisions and will be asking the court to force the EPA to fulfill a mandatory duty under the law.

    “We want to establish that workers at secret bases should not be forced to rely on the arbitrary protections of the military, but should be able to go to court to receive remedies for violations,” says Turley. He also intends to establish that secrecy agreements do not preempt environmental protections. Eventually, Turley plans to draft a new law on the judicial review of such cases and on issues ranging from anonymous legal actions to standing questions to citizen suit actions against the EPA.


    How to stymie a toxic-waste lawsuit

    February 20th, 1995 – Newsweek Article

    It Dares Not Speak Its Name

    Enviroment: How to stymie a toxic-waste lawsuit

    What’s in a name? Maybe the key to a pathbreaking enviromental lawsuit. Five former and current government employees and the widow of a sixth, charge that the workers suffered blackouts, rashes, respiratory problems and dime size open sores after they were exposed to burning toxic wastes at a secret air force facility in Nevada. The widow, Helen Frost, contends that poisonous fumes, from plastics and chemicals that were thrown into open pits and doused with jet fuel, contributed to her husband’s death in 1989. Lawyers have a tough enough time pinnin illness, let alone death, on exposure to toxics. But the worker’s attorney, Jonathan Turley of George Washington University’s law school, faces a more basic problem. For four months after the suit was filed, the government denied the very existence of the facility; now is acknowledges that there is an “operating location” in the area, but refuses to reveal its name.

    (The workers know the site by several names, but the Feds won’t say whether any is right.) And in a Kafkaesque technicality, without the officially recognized name, which Turley filed a motion last week to get, the suit cannot proceed. If the site’s a secret, it’s badly kept. Russian spy satellites have amassed a nice bumful of snapshots of the facility, 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas on Nellis Air Force Base. UFO groupies know it as Area 51, or Groom Lake: hundreds have flocked to the perimeter, convinced the air force is reproducing a captured flying saucer at the site. It was also the testing ground for the U-2 spy plane and the F-117A stealth. But just as you can’t sue someone you know only by nickname, so Turley’s clients can’t sue the Pentagon over a site whose proper moniker the government won’t disclose. The plaintiff’s request for the name, says a government brief, is “vague, overbroad, and unreasonably burdensome.” If the Feds remain mum about the name, Turley plans to call o the witness stand the military attache at the Russian Embassy, whose testimony would show that Area 51 is eminently real, and no secret. If he gets past the procedural hurdle, Turley says, he has a strong case. He has evidence that the Air Force denied the worker’s requests of protective clothing, and that Frost’s body had high levels of dioxins and furans (produced when plastics burn) when he died. The Department of Justice and the Enviromental Protection Agency have launched a probe into hazardous waste violations at Area 51; an air force spokesman says it “takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously.” Of course, if the Pentagon blocks the suit by refusing to release the name of the side, the validity of the charges won’t matter.

    – Bruce Shenitz and Sharon Begley, Newsweek


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  2. Where is the line between mental illness and true evil? To me, that’s the most interesting question this kind of crime asks. Pedophilia is both clearly a mental illness and evil by most standards – legal, theological, ethical or otherwise. With the high rate of recidivism, it also begs the questions of death vs. life imprisonment for chronic threats to society. I won’t get into the more angering question of what should be done with religious organizations that protect pedophiles.

    For the record, my vote is this falls under the evil category of human behaviors. They deserve to be the bottom of the prison food chain.

  3. Even smart people can be sick. The school authorities bear a heavy responsibility to protect the children and to properly screen their employees and volunteers. They also have a responsibility to know who their students really are.
    This is a scary case.

  4. These crimes are truly remarkable and horrifying for their cunning.

    What’s more remarkable is the continued indifference of society to religious institutions that created a modern army of pedophiles… institutions that are probably creating and harboring even more innovative abusers today. Somehow, these institutions remain widely and deeply trusted – and often revered – by parents.

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