Background report set for man who claimed to be missing boy


By DAN SEWELL - Associated Press



This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini.

This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini.


Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal background report is due March 25 for an Ohio man who pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft for claiming to be a child who disappeared at age 6.

A federal judge Wednesday told 24-year-old Brian Michael Rini of Medina his sentence will be two years behind bars, minus the nine months he has already served. He was arrested last April after his story unraveled quickly.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett ordered a presentencing investigation by the U.S. Probation Office before the official sentencing. The report likely will include information about Rini’s mental and physical health and other pending legal matters he faces that will help determine his placement.

Prosecutors dropped charges of lying to FBI agents. Rini could have faced up to eight years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Rini signed a court document admitting that he said he was Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared in 2011. He told authorities he had just escaped captors who sexually abused him for years.

Judge Barrett ruled Oct. 31 that Rini was competent to stand trial, after being sent to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago last summer for evaluation. Barrett said the evaluation report indicates Rini has “some symptoms of depressive disorder which are in remission,” but that he is able to understand legal proceedings and assist in his defense.

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

Rini and his attorney told Barrett on Wednesday that he faces state probation violation charges, among other legal issues.

This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/01/web1_missingchild-2.jpgThis undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP

By DAN SEWELL

Associated Press

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