This is a scary story, given what could have happened if this guy, Neil H. Rodreick II, had managed to get himself enrolled in school as a twelve-year-old (and may have happened previously). But the details -- Internet predator dupes Internet predators -- are rich in black humor. This really should be a movie:
A charter school alerted authorities to a 29-year-old sex offender who tried to enroll there, pretending he was just 12, in what sheriff's officials said Friday may have been an attempt to lure children into sexual abuse.These guys are the very definition of the British term poor sods. I wonder how much money Rodreick took these two idiots for under the pretext that he was jailbait. Why do stories like this always have their beginnings in a relationship that starts on the Internet? And is there anything more contemptible than a pair of failed child molesters?
The Yavapai County sheriff's office also said Neil Havens Rodreick II conned two men he was living with and having sex with into believing he was a young boy. . . .
Stiffler and Robert James Snow, 43, "were very upset when the detectives told them they had been having a sexual relationship with a 29-year-old man and not a pre-teen boy," Quayle said. . . .
She said detectives learned in interviews with the men that Rodreick convinced Stiffler and Snow that he was a boy after they met him two years ago over the Internet. Rodreick apparently shaved his body hair and used makeup to keep up the guise.