Arrested Development

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

Stiffler, still agitated, yelled, "I did not know his correct age until I just found out from Brian!"

"Stiffler did not appear to be embarrassed about having sex with a 12 year old, but he appeared ashamed that he had sex with a 29 year old," Diskin wrote in his report.

During the questioning, Diskin commented on the new flat-screen television, computer, and PlayStation Portable in "Casey's" room, presents from Stiffler and Snow. He asked Stiffler if he would have given presents like that to a 29-year-old.

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Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh presents a "Certificate of Appreciation" to Julie Bradshaw, left, and two others at the Mingus Springs school for helping unravel the Rodreick case.
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Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh presents a "Certificate of Appreciation" to Julie Bradshaw, left, and two others at the Mingus Springs school for helping unravel the Rodreick case.

"No!"

"Why not?"

"Because he can work and go out and get his own TV!"

Nellis explained to Diskin, and Stiffler, that Rodreick had told him not to ever tell Stiffler and Snow his true age. Nellis said he didn't know Rodreick was "playing them as a 12-year-old" until Stiffler and Snow paid for Nellis to fly from Oklahoma to Arizona two years ago.

Rodreick, Nellis, and Snow were arrested. At the least, they were convicted sex offenders who had failed to register as such in Chino Valley.

Stiffler wasn't arrested at that time. After all, he hadn't had sex with a 12-year-old. Apparently unbeknownst to him, he had had only legal consensual sex with an adult.

Investigators then began to collect evidence from the trailer. They were most interested in the computers, DVDs, and videos.

As they did, Stiffler, still apparently upset, muttered several times:

"I didn't know he was 29."


Over the following week, investigators sifted through the evidence and combed the four schools Rodreick had briefly attended for possible victims.

They found little other than shocked parents, children, and teachers at the schools. Sure, Casey looked older than 12. A few saw the makeup and the facial stubble. But he generally kept to himself.

He was 29? Unbelievable!

It was weird enough to make national headlines.

Investigators continue to look for potential victims from the four schools. They fear victims may be embarrassed to step forward.

They are also concerned there may be a victim among the members of the skating club Rodreick formed in El Reno, Oklahoma, before moving to Arizona. There, he posed as a 13-year-old.

Along the trail of Rodreick, Nellis, Snow, and Stiffler, from California to Oklahoma to Arizona, investigators found a few cases of potential fraud and several cases of the men failing to report their crimes to local communities.

But by far the most damning and disturbing evidence came from the videos and computers taken from the group's trailer home in Chino Valley.

On January 25, Sergeant Huante and another detective began viewing the images taken from the trailer, looking for evidence for the trial.

They found hundreds of examples of child pornography in one shoebox alone.

In that box, they found a Memorex CD with seven files recorded on it. The seven files, which contain images of male juveniles performing sex acts, may be all that's needed to keep Neil Rodreick behind bars for life.

The sixth and seventh files are the most disturbing, according to the police report:

"They are what appear to be home movies of Neil Rodreick and a young blond male who appears to be between the ages of 10 and 13 years old. The recording appears as if it had been made in a motel room. The boy is witnessed on the bed wearing a T-shirt that has 'Minnekah 2001' printed on the front of it. Minnekah is a city in Oklahoma where Rodreick is from.

"Rodreick is seen in the video on the bed with the boy. Rodreick masturbates the boy and has the boy do the same to him. Rodreick performs oral copulation on the boy by placing his mouth on the boy's exposed penis. Rodreick then appears to penetrate the boy's anal area with his penis and also rubs his penis on the boy's penis."

Rodreick's face is very clear, "and there is even a point in the recording that exposes several moles he had on his back," the investigators wrote in their report.

In the video, "the boy [name redacted] is aware he is being recorded as he wanted to view the recording to see how it is progressing."

Investigators immediately began searching for the juvenile.

They found him when the boy's mother contacted authorities after seeing stories about Rodreick. Investigators also found child pornography on the hard drives of the computers found in the trailer.

In all, more than 1,300 child-pornography images were found in the trailer, which will probably lead to federal charges against the four men.

All four have now been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit forgery, and Rodreick, Snow, and Nellis were charged with failing to register as sex offenders.

Most serious: Rodreick faces felony molestation charges stemming from the videotaped sex with the Oklahoma boy. Because he has an earlier conviction, Rodreick could face life in prison if convicted in the case.

As the charges have piled up, Rodreick's attorney, Steve August, has begun amassing evidence that Rodreick himself is a victim.

He may have a case, at least for some mitigation in sentencing.

"One thing to bear in mind is that, thankfully, there are no alleged victims of any sexual offense within Arizona," August tells New Times.

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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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