A judge agreed Monday to seal a court-appointed psychologist’s evaluation of a 29-year-old sex offender accused of tricking four schools into allowing him on campus as a student.
Neil Havens Rodreick II’s defense attorney wants an independent expert to evaluate his client this week to determine if Rodreick is mentally competent to stand trial.
There’s “significant trauma in Mr. Rodreick’s past that was missing, not even touched upon, in this report,” defense attorney Steven August said of during a brief hearing before Superior Court Judge Thomas B. Lindberg.
August wouldn’t elaborate afterward. Earlier, he had said of the report, “There’s not a whole lot of good parts from his perspective.”
Rodreick is charged with 15 criminal counts, including child pornography, assault, fraud, forgery and failing to register as a sex offender. He was previously convicted in a 1996 Oklahoma incident in which he was accused of lewdly propositioning a 6-year-old boy.
In Arizona, authorities say Rodreick powdered his face and shaved his body to look younger in an elaborate masquerade that police say began at least as far back as 2005. He was caught Jan. 17 after spending a day in the seventh grade at Mingus Springs Charter School in Chino Valley.
Mingus Springs administrators called police when Rodreick’s birth certificate and other enrollment paperwork didn’t check out. Police later caught him at a home with two other convicted sex offenders and an 61-year-old man who had posed as Rodreick’s grandfather.
At first, Rodreick’s disguise was good enough to convince police that he was a preteen. Only later did arresting officers notice stubble poking through Rodreick’s pancake makeup.
In all, investigators say Rodreick attended four schools during the past few years in Surprise, Chino Valley, Payson and Prescott Valley.
While living in Payson, police there said Rodreick started a skateboarding club with several children between 13 and 17. He allegedly brought some of them home, but none reported being harmed.
The court-appointed psychologist had examined Rodreick to determine his ability to stand trial. While sealing that report on Monday, the judge said he would allowed the release of a number of files police have been compiling since Rodreick’s arrest earlier this year.