Arrested Development

Heard about the 29-year-old sex offender who posed as a seventh-grader? Here's how the sordid case was broken

"Well, I have custody of Casey." He went on to explain that Brian Nellis was 34 and Casey was 12. He said Casey had come from Oklahoma "about two years ago" and that Snow had custody of the boy before Stiffler gained custody in California.

Diskin showed Stiffler the school documents. Stiffler said he believed the documents were valid and that he had received them from "the court." Diskin read Stiffler his Miranda rights.

Stiffler said he received the court documents from Riverside, California, "through the Internet." Diskin explained that he had contacted the court and that the court numbers did not remotely match any case it had. Diskin also told Stiffler that the Oklahoma attorney general's name was spelled incorrectly.

Twenty-nine-year-old Neil Rodreick, a.k.a. young teenager "Casey Price," without hat and makeup
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Twenty-nine-year-old Neil Rodreick, a.k.a. young teenager "Casey Price," without hat and makeup
Lonnie Stiffler, who played grandpa to Rodreick
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Lonnie Stiffler, who played grandpa to Rodreick

Stiffler then said he received the documents from "the U.S. Marshal's Attorney."

That doesn't make any sense, Diskin told him. "The U.S. Marshal's Attorney?" he asked.

"Mike Marshal," Stiffler said. "He sends me all this paperwork himself."

Diskin told Stiffler that he needed to be honest with him and explain who Casey really was.

Stiffler continued to suggest the paperwork was legitimate.

"It comes from the courts, it comes through the courts and stuff, I have read the paperwork and that's it."

Stiffler pointed out the judge's name, Richard Macy.

Diskin told him there was no judge by that name.

Stiffler said, "I don't know, this paperwork was given to me, sir."

"By who?"

"It was signed by Richard Macy."

Diskin explained again that such a judge does not exist.

"I thought it was legal because it was signed by the judge," Stiffler said.

"Where did you get the paperwork?" Diskin asked

"I got it from Mike Marshal, who is a U.S. Marshal."

Diskin had seen the name Mike Masters, U.S. Marshal, in the paperwork.

Oh, yes, Mike Masters, Stiffler said. Stiffler explained that Masters is both a U.S. Marshal and an attorney.

Diskin then asked Stiffler who had custody of Casey before he did.

Stiffler said Robert Snow had custody. Stiffler said Snow was his nephew. Stiffler said all the paperwork had been filed in the Riverside court.

Diskin explained that the court had never seen either man's name on any custody documents.

Stiffler grabbed a briefcase and began shuffling through documents. He explained the court would send him blank custody papers through e-mails to fill out. He would send them back, he said, and the court would return them signed.

Stiffler also said he obtained Casey's birth certificate from Mike Masters. Diskin showed Stiffler the birth certificate, which was shoddily made and short on information, and asked Stiffler if he thought it looked real.

"It's a copy of a birth certificate, I agree; it's not an official birth certificate," Stiffler said.

Diskin then asked if he knew how he could contact Mike Masters.

Stiffler said, "No, I do not, he doesn't get a hold of me directly. He talks to my grandson."

Stiffler was referring to Casey Price, whom Diskin was quickly coming to believe was not related to Stiffler at all.


In Casey's room, Sergeant Luis Huante was talking with Robert Snow, whom the police knew to be an unregistered sex offender. At the time, Snow was the only one of the four men police knew they'd be arresting that day.

After the confusing conversation with Stiffler, Diskin walked into the room with Huante and Snow. He read Snow his Miranda rights and began asking more questions.

"How old is Casey Price?" Diskin asked.

"Twelve years old."

Diskin asked who Casey's mother was.

Snow gave the name Linda Price. She was in Germany, Snow said. Snow said Linda Price gave guardianship to Stiffler so Casey could stay out of foster homes.

Diskin told Snow that Stiffler was not Casey's legal guardian.

"He has guardianship paperwork," Snow replied.

Diskin told him the paperwork was fraudulent and asked Snow if he had ever had guardianship of Casey, as Stiffler had suggested.

"I have been told that I have and I've also seen paperwork that looks just like that indicating that I supposedly had custody of him."

It was one of the more tortured answers Diskin or Huante had ever heard.

Diskin then changed the subject: "Why is Casey here?" he asked.

"He is avoiding a special group of people that he had encounters with whenever he was very, very young." Snow said. He went on to say that there was a "large group" of sexual predators that Casey was trying to stay away from.

Diskin reminded Snow that he was a convicted sex offender.

Snow said "the people" who gave him guardianship were aware of that and that he had been "clean" with "no problems at all."

"Up until now, apparently," Snow added.

Snow explained that Casey had also been enrolled in another school near Payson, 110 miles through rugged terrain to the east. There, Snow said, Casey was enrolled under the name Casey Rodreick. Casey, he said, had taken his mother's last name, Price, after his parents divorced.

"I'm only going on what I've been told," Snow said several times.

Wait, he was saying he turned custody over to Lonnie, yet never even knew he had custody. Diskin was having trouble not laughing at the absurdity of Snow's claims.

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18 comments
Nat
Nat

sembour, well youv'e been dealt with, you sound like a complete idiot and probably a sexual offender yourself, too bad i don't know where you are to drop a dime on you. this is such a sad, pathetic story of how sexual perversion has absolutely corrupted people's lives. but i don't feel sorry for any of them. They should be behind bars or under surveillance for the rest of their lives. These men thought they had a 12 year old boy and what they would do if they did,i can't even imagine a night in that household, why do we even waste tax dollars giving these creeps a trial!

Concerned
Concerned

I would say an individual who are quick to judge needs to watch themselves. In addition, I agree with Toni and the comments made for many of you show ignorance. Now I am not calling you stupid, but that you have a lack of knowledge. What if you knew this person when he was a little boy or a teen - Then you would learn there were signs a long the way. For some reason the adults did not pick-up on it or at least never thought it would lead to such� I find it difficult to read the stories about these four men, especially Neil. Like Toni, I knew Neil at a younger age. I would explain things to you, but I can see that most seem to be closed minded. Therefore, just know this try to walk a mile in trying to understand why people get this bad. Most often, you will find out it started with a mental disorder at birth, then abuse, and ultimately the person acting out. Now do not run off and act as if I am sticking up for someone harming another, NEVER. They should all be punished for their crimes. What I am saying people do not get in this place over night.

~ Concern about the comments ~ PS. Do a self check and then go ahead and cast the first stone

toni
toni

i have a few things to say. first of all i am the mother of one of the children in oklahoma that mr. rodreick befriended. thankfully not the child that he did anything too. but it's a very sad scarry situation. to the person that said it was funny.....you my friend have a very sick sence of humor. to the person that said it was fiction....i'm afraid not. to the person who asked about his height and weight. he was around 110lb soaking wet and was around 5'3". his voice sounded like he may have just hit puberty. when he lived here he said he was 13, i thought perhaps he was 15.

mary roberts
mary roberts

I am proud that the school took a closer look at this boy. Also terrified that it could happen in any school in the world. But if a child does not look his age, someone should always look into it. Every where children are: from school,after school programs,ballet, karate, and sports should make sure these kids are safe from these type of people.

jtb61
jtb61

The whole homosexual lifestyle is denegrading and in the end leads to perversions beyond our wildest imaginations. Just think of the lifestyle where the average homosexual has hundreds of partners during a lifetime. What we saw here was just a drop in the bucket. When people refuse to acknowledge God, he abandons them to their evil minds and lets them do things which should never be done.

Emma White
Emma White

I would like to thank the author for pointing out that this school was the first of four who actually took the time to look at this �kid� and his enrollment documents. It gives me chills to think of the number of children desecrated by these convicted sex offenders before they were caught. It is our responsibility, as adults, to protect and care for all children in our community. Unfortunately, most Americans are too busy focusing on themselves to realize, or care, about the horrible things happening around them everyday.

Eve
Eve

The situation is shocking-- but almost as troublesome is how incredibly poorly written this article is.

Egads-- are there No editors on staff?

I cant believe the "author" actually collects a paycheck for putting forth this incoherent mishmosh

Victor
Victor

Sick and perverted. Life in prison should be the minimum. The motive to enroll the 29 year old in school was clearly the group's scam to recuit more kids. I do not believe the other two thought for a momemt they were having sex with a 12 year old.

nelly
nelly

Did anyone mention the weight and height of this man? How can it be mistaken and what about his voice? He looks old to me.

Gary Morley
Gary Morley

This has to be fiction, taken perhaps from an obscure Erskine Caldwell story. I'm pretty sure Mr. Stiffler comes from that ambience. The rest of them come from Hell.

Almond
Almond

I think that story is hilarious. Sure it is sad the depravity of these people, but the way that they fooled everyone all for sexual thrill is funny in some way.

Herbert Erdmenger
Herbert Erdmenger

I hope the 4 of them are locked up for life. If it depended on me...I would feed those 4 creeps rat poison

Hadassah
Hadassah

That's homosexuality for you.

Brenda
Brenda

Is L. Sembour crazy? "...these 4 poor fellows who do not harm much of anyone..."

Why was the 29 year old going to school? To get boys! (to HARM boys) When child pornography is purchased/downloaded, (which was evident from the story that these four losers had significant amounts of child porn in their possession) it creates a demand for more child porn which HARMS CHILDREN. Compassion? Compassion? Compassion is volunteering at the Humane Society, compassion is building a Habitat for Humanity home, compassion is volunteering to coach a Little Leage team when you don't have a kid playing, compassion is taking blankets and coats to the homeless shelter, or volunteering at the soup kitchen. Compassion is not turning 4 sexual predators loose on our children. And who is going to "watch" these characters 24-7 as suggested by L. Sembour? The kiddie porn police? Where is their office and who pays their salary? The tooth fairy? Our law enforcement has bigger fish to fry than playing babysitter to a bunch of sexual predators. I say throw them in jail and let them receive what they have been handing out to innocent children.

Rick
Rick

Excellent article - really opens your eyes to the web of lies told by career criminals and the great work by our law enforcement personnel to uncover the truth. Pathetic individuals, these 4 are.

L.SEMBOUR - you're an idiot! So what if you're a FoxNews regular or conservative Republican? What does that have to do with the fact that the mainstream of America would never agree with your crackpot ideas?

Sarah Bennett
Sarah Bennett

paranoia?!? There are thousands of children that are abused every day, and you want to call the cops going after them paranoia?? There are many other crimes in this nation we should be after with just as much force, I agree, however to save the life and to protect one child is worth what ever it takes. These four clowns (and the idiot lawyer thats defending Roderick) should be in prison. People that harm or plot to harm children do not belong in our society, They belong behind lock and key! Those that posess pornographic material that involves children are only perpetuating the problem and should also be punished accordingly. The very thought that someone could pull this off in the first place is chilling, and then there's the fact that the old man, who thougth he was having relations with a minor, was let go. Wasnt it his intent to harm a child through a lewd act? What about the next child he has contact with?

L.SEMBOUR
L.SEMBOUR

This very good article of yours should trigger questions about the very dangerous escalation of pedophile witch hunt now going-on in USA. Witness these 4 poor fellows who do not harm much of anyone treated like heavy duty drug dealers, with ridiculously high prison terms being evoked, such as life. Pure common sense and compassion is deserting this country. They should just dictate the normal response of society in this case: retrieving the false kid from the school, of course, putting at least 3 of the men in custody for a VERY SHORT while for failing to register as sex offenders, register them, and leave them alone, keeping an eye on them. This will be infinitely more profitable for the society. All this high criminal nonsense is pure bullshit. I am saying it because I know extremely well the human REAL sexual behaviors. I am a FOXNEWS faithful viewer and I vote Bush. However I absolutely do not share this pedophile parano�that is pervasive everywhere in USA and becomes a must to anyone who does not want to be labelled a krypto-pedophile himself, especially among my fellow republicans.

jennifer
jennifer

I have to agree with some of the comments from others. This IS very great reporting. It is nice to actually hear the entire story, (even though at times a little confusing to keep up with it) and I don't believe at all that "Casey Price" was a victim as August states. I believe he knew what he was doing. After all he had scammed Stiffler and Snow into believing he was 12. He obviously carried the same act into the schools in order to lure young innocent boys for his own sexual pleasure. How disgusting! He does have a mental disorder (anyone who does what he has done must have a mental disorder), but he is NOT the VICTIM!! He knew exactly what he was doing, and thought he was going to get away with it. Thanks to all those who dug through this to get down to the truth. Now maybe justice can be brought to him.

 
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