CINCINNATI — A person who authorities say claimed to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years in the past was charged Friday with making false statements. The FBI stated the suspect had twice earlier than made comparable claims during which he falsely portrayed himself as a juvenile intercourse trafficking sufferer.
Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, was jailed in Cincinnati on Thursday. The FBI has recognized Rini as the one who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.
The FBI declared the person’s story a hoax Thursday primarily based on DNA testing someday after he recognized himself to authorities as Pitzen.
Sufficient proof exists to cost Rini with mendacity to federal authorities, the affidavit stated. The U.S. lawyer’s workplace in Cincinnati scheduled a Friday information convention on the case.
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Rini, 23, appeared briefly in federal courtroom Friday morning the place the costs had been defined to him. A detention listening to was set for Tuesday. A message was left together with his public defender in search of remark.
Rini was discovered Wednesday in Newport, Kentucky, “wandering the road and looking out confused and in want of help,” in keeping with the six-page affidavit from FBI agent Mary Braun.
After figuring out himself as Pitzen, Rini complained of belly ache and was taken to the Cincinnati Kids’s Hospital Emergency Room, the affidavit stated. Rini refused to be fingerprinted Wednesday and Thursday however agreed to a DNA check which on Thursday recognized him as Rini, in keeping with Braun.
Even after Rini was suggested of his rights and warned towards making false statements, he continued to insist he was Pitzen and that he had escaped from a resort the place he’d been compelled to have intercourse with males towards his will, the affidavit stated.
Rini lastly acknowledged his identification after being confronted with the DNA outcomes, stated he had watched a narrative about Pitzen on ABC’s 20/20 information program, and had needed to get away from his household, in keeping with Braun.
An FBI investigation discovered that Rini had twice portrayed himself as a juvenile intercourse trafficking sufferer, and in every case was later recognized after being fingerprinted, the affidavit stated.
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Rini was launched from jail on probation lower than a month in the past after serving greater than a yr for housebreaking and vandalism.
Timmothy’s household had been cautiously hopeful over Wednesday’s information, as had been neighbors and others who’d lengthy puzzled whether or not he’s lifeless or alive.
“Legislation enforcement has not and won’t neglect Timmothy, and we hope to someday reunite him together with his household. Sadly, that day is not going to be at present,” FBI spokesman Timothy Beam stated in an announcement Thursday.
Timmothy vanished after his mom, Amy Fry-Pitzen, pulled him out of kindergarten early someday, took him on a two-day highway journey to the zoo and a water park, after which killed herself at a resort. She left a notice saying that her son was protected with individuals who would love and take care of him, and added: “You’ll by no means discover him.”
In Timmothy’s hometown of Aurora, Illinois, police Sgt. Invoice Rowley stated that through the years his division has obtained hundreds of recommendations on Timmothy, together with false sightings.
“We’re all the time apprehensive about copycats, particularly one thing that has a giant nationwide consideration like this,” Rowley stated.
Timmothy’s members of the family stated they had been heartbroken on the newest twist.
“It’s devastating. It’s like reliving that day yet again, and Timmothy’s father is devastated as soon as once more,” stated his aunt Kara Jacobs.
The boy’s grandmother Alana Anderson stated: “It’s been terrible. We’ve been on tenterhooks, hopeful and frightened. It’s simply been exhausting.” She added, “I really feel so sorry for the younger man who’s clearly had a horrible time and felt the necessity to say he was anyone else.”