An Ohio man, accused of falsely presenting himself as long-missing little one Timmothy Pitzen, is being held with out bond after a Tuesday court docket look.
Brian Rini, 23, may withstand eight years in jail. He is accused of mendacity to federal brokers and trying to persuade them he was the lacking Illinois boy. He’s set to look in court docket once more subsequent Tuesday, when a grand jury will hear proof towards him and decide if there’s sufficient possible trigger to proceed with a trial, based on Sarah Hager of Fox 19.
A choose deemed him a flight danger, as he has a number of lively warrants towards him, has skipped previous court docket appearances, lacks an identifiable tackle and is believed to undergo from vital psychological well being points, WCPO reported.
Rini appeared, battered, in Newport, Kentucky final week and advised police he had been held captive for years by the hands of two males. He was taken to the Cincinnati Youngsters’s Hospital to evaluate his accidents, and to conduct exams to make sure that he was Pitzen, who can be about 14 years previous at this time.
MAN WHO CLAIMED TO BE TIMMOTHY PITZEN CHARGED WITH LYING TO FBI
Rini first refused to permit officers to take his fingerprints, however later agreed to allow them to pattern his DNA. In response to reviews, he maintained that he was Pitzen till he was proven the outcomes of the DNA check, which recognized him because the 23-year-old as an alternative, and revealed that he was lately launched from jail and had posed as a juvenile intercourse trafficking sufferer twice earlier than.
Rini is claimed to have admitted he obtained the concept for a hoax after seeing a narrative about Pitzen on the ABC present “20/20.”
The episode reopened previous wounds for the Pitzen household, who’ve since spoken out about their heartbreak stemming from Timmothy’s 2011 disappearance. The boy’s aunt, Kara Jacobs, mentioned that the emotional turmoil of studying the person was not Timmothy was “like reliving that day another time.”
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Timmothy Pitzen disappeared on the age of 6 after his mom, 43-year-old Amy Fry-Pitzen, dedicated suicide in Could 2011. The boy was final seen along with his mom at a waterpark within the Wisconsin Dells, and his mom’s physique was later found in a lodge room in Illinois.
Fry-Pitzen wrote in a notice that she left Timmothy with individuals who would look after him, however that he would by no means be discovered.
Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed reporting.