A sex offender will now spend more than 70 years behind bars for posing as a 12-year-old boy to attend Arizona schools, among other charges.
Neil Havens Rodreick II, 30, pleaded guilty to seven criminal charges, including two resulting from his two-year impersonation stunt.
Rodreick wore pancake makeup and shaved to try to conceal his true age, managing to convince students, teachers and school administrators that he was a pre-teen boy named Casey.
He was caught in January 2007 after school officials became suspicious about his paperwork. He was arrested with a 36-year-old man who was posing as his cousin and two older men who were posing as the men’s uncle and grandfather.
The other men, some previously convicted sex offenders, were also indicted on various charges.
Although authorities didn’t find any victims of sexual abuse at the schools the man attended, they did find an extensive collection of child pornography at his home, including a videotape that shows Rodreick and a young boy engaging in sex.
Rodreick originally faced 28 counts, but agreed to a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to only a quarter of the charges, including four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and charges for failing to register as a sex offender, felony fraud and misdemeanor simple assault.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Rodreick will serve no less than 70 ½ years in prison, with no possibility of parole.
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