More charges for man accused of claiming to be the missing child

This undated photo from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. A day of false hope has given way to questions about the reason why Rini would claim that an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago. The FBI declared Rini’s story a hoax Thursday, April 4, 2019, a day after he identified himself to the authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at the age of 6. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury indictment that was filed Thursday accuses Ohio man who claimed that he was a missing child from Illinois to lying to federal agents and theft of identity.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, now faces two counts of lying to federal agents and one count of aggravated identity theft.

The Prosecutor of the V. S. Benjamin Glassman office in Cincinnati, said the making of false statements carries a possible sentence of eight years in prison with conviction, while the identity theft count would lead to a mandatory two years if he is convicted.

He had been arrested earlier on a single false statement after DNA testing showed he was not Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at the age of 6.

Rini is held without bond, with arraignment scheduled on Friday. A message seeking comment was left Thursday with his federal public prosecutor’s office.

The police picked up Rini the morning of 3 April on the streets of Newport, Kentucky.

She said that he said that he was Timmothy and that he had escaped from two kidnappers after years of sexual abuse.

The police took him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for treatment and testing. The federal authorities have said that they were skeptical, especially after he refused his fingerprints, but do not want to miss an opportunity to possibly solve the Pitzen disappear.

The FBI said that DNA testing determined his identity as a convicted felon, who was released on probation in March of an Ohio prison after serving more than a year on burglary and vandalism charges.

The federal authorities said he also has twice portrayed himself to be a young sex trafficking victim, as he did in this case.

A federal magistrate last week that cited Rini is the lack of a fixed address, in the past, mental health issues and a “long criminal history” that goes back to the age of 13 when she ordered him held without bond.

In 2017, Rini was treated in Ohio a center for people with mental health or substance abuse problems, according to court papers.


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