Arrested Development

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

Snow said he obtained custody directly from Casey's parents through the court in Riverside, California. He had never actually met Casey's parents.

Snow explained in greater depth.

He said he met Casey on the Internet while Casey was living in Oklahoma. Then Casey's parents got divorced. Linda Price left for Germany without Casey, so Snow decided to take custody of him. He said he got custody paperwork "through Casey's e-mail."

Brian Nellis, Rodreick's former cellmate and closest confidant
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Brian Nellis, Rodreick's former cellmate and closest confidant
Robert Snow, longtime friend of Lonnie Stiffler
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Robert Snow, longtime friend of Lonnie Stiffler

Diskin noted that if this were true, Casey already would have been living with Snow before Snow received the custody paperwork.

"Casey came down for a visit," Snow replied.

Diskin told Snow he was "just making stuff up. We already know Casey was enrolled in school in El Mirage."

Snow then changed his story, saying that he was wrong when he said he had moved with Casey from Payson directly to Chino Valley. In fact, they had moved from Payson to El Mirage, then to Chino Valley.

Diskin was still confused by Snow's claim that Casey had been enrolled in Payson under the name Casey Rodreick.

How, asked Diskin, did you enroll Casey in the Payson school with no paperwork saying his name was now Casey Rodreick?

Snow then explained that Casey's parents had enrolled him in the Payson school: "His mother took care of that because they had his mother's home number and name."

Diskin asked, "She flew from Germany to enroll him in school?"

"She was in Oklahoma at the time," Snow said.

"Do you have her number?"

"No," Snow responded.

Snow was asked if he ever considered calling Casey's mother.

"No," Snow said.

Asked why Casey's birth certificate was from Germany, Snow explained that Casey's parents had been married in Riverside, then Casey was born in Germany, then they moved to Oklahoma, then divorced, then the parents moved back to Germany.

Snow said they began communicating with Casey through MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. Snow said he and Stiffler moved from Riverside to Arizona to be closer to Oklahoma, where Casey was living with his brothers. Casey's brothers were now living with their grandmother in Oklahoma. Snow said he never met Casey's family when he and Stiffler went to pick him up in Oklahoma to bring him to Arizona.

Snow said "a friend" brought Casey to the motel where he and Stiffler were staying.

Snow said Mike Masters, the U.S. Marshal and attorney cited in the custody paperwork, was "one of Casey's friends."

Snow said they gained custody of Casey two years ago.

That would mean Casey was 10 at the time.

And Casey's mom, Snow said, knew that Snow was a convicted sex offender.

Diskin mentioned that it was odd for a mother to hand over a child to a convicted sex offender several states away in Arizona. It would be odd, too, for a 10-year-old to have a U.S. Marshal for a friend, let alone a U.S. Marshal friend who would hand a 10-year-old over to a convicted sex offender in Arizona.

Snow said he talked to Masters on the Internet and that Masters agreed it was better for Casey to live with him than go into a foster home.

Diskin told Snow he believed he was lying and that the paperwork was fraudulent.

"Those papers came from the Internet," he said. "We did not make those up personally ourselves, at all."

Snow looked perplexed. "How could I make up those papers?" he asked Diskin.

The question was too stupid to deserve an answer.


Diskin returned to the room where "Grandpa" Stiffler was waiting.

He began asking Stiffler many of the same questions he asked Snow.

How did you meet Casey? How did he end up here? Did you talk to his mother?

Diskin related Stiffler's answers in his police report the next day:

"We were just talking to him on the Internet — just chatting," Stiffler said. "We asked if he could come visit for awhile. We told Casey to 'ask your mother and have your mother talk to us.'"

Stiffler received an e-mail that began: "This is Linda, Casey's mom," he said. She said it would be fine for Casey to come visit.

Diskin asked Stiffler how he knew it was actually Casey's mom.

"She was there, she was typing on the Internet."

Most likely, Stiffler was simply lying. But another theory began to creep into the minds of the officers. Perhaps Stiffler himself had been duped in some way by the other men in the trailer.

With all this talk of Internet chats, Diskin asked Stiffler if he owned a computer. Stiffler said no.

Diskin asked who owned the laptop sitting in the living room.

"The one out there, the laptop, is mine," Stiffler said, "but I don't use it for Internet purposes, for any type of communication." Stiffler said the computer he talked to Casey with had "burnt up." Stiffler said he only uses the laptop in the living room to "check my mail. I don't check for anything else, don't go into no chat rooms or anything like that."

With those tortured answers, Detective Diskin knew that the computer hard drives in the trailer likely were going to provide a wealth of evidence.

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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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