Feds charge ex-con with posing as Timmothy Pitzen

Accused child impersonator found in Kentucky now in jail

NOT TIMMOTHY: Person claiming to be missing boy actually 23-year-old ex-con

Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, was charged Friday with making false statements to federal agents, accused of making up a story that he was Timmothy Pitzen, the Aurora boy was last seen eight years ago.

In 2017, Rini was under the care of an OH health center that provides behavioral health treatment services for those experiencing mental health or substance abuse issues, according to a 2017 court motion in Medina County Court.

It's unclear what federal charges Rini is facing.

State's Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman said the announcement specifically concerns the man who identified himself as Timmothy Pitzen.

OH prison records indicate Rini was released last month from Belmont Correctional Institution after serving a sentence for burglary and vandalism.

Timmothy Pitzen vanished at age 6 in 2011, around the time his mother killed herself.

The FBI declared the man's story a hoax Thursday one day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. He also claimed he'd recently escaped from a hotel room where two men had been holding him captive, and that he'd been sexually and physically abused while in captivity.

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"It's devastating. It's like reliving that day all over again, and Timmothy's father is devastated once again", said his aunt Kara Jacobs. Their adventure started after Amy Fry-Pitzen checked her 6-year-old son out of an IL elementary school on May 11, 2011.

Police have said she might have dropped the boy off with a friend, noting that his auto seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone. She had died by suicide, leaving behind a note that said her son was with people who love him.

"He walked up to my auto and he went, 'Can you help me?' " a 911 caller told dispatchers, according to CNN affiliate WCPO in Cincinnati. "He was in juvy a lot when we were kids, and then he went to jail and actually he just got out of prison".

"We know you are out there somewhere Tim and we will never stop looking for you, praying for you and loving you", she said.

Police checked Red Roof Inns in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas but did not find any clues. According to a police dispatch report, he told police he was born October 18, 2004.

An FBI investigation found that Rini had twice portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim, and in each case was later identified after being fingerprinted, the affidavit said. "It's the day I dropped him off at school and he's off - running off to class - and that's pretty much the last image I have in my mind of him", Timmothy's father, Jim Pitzen, told CNN in 2015.

Often, they find a susceptible audience, both in family members desperate to fill an emotional hole and in a public eager to fit a happy ending on a situation as unfathomable as the disappearance of a child - a sentiment in Timmothy Pitzen's case. She drove him hundreds of miles, and they visited a zoo and a water park. Her biggest fear was that a judge would take her son away because of her mental health issues, according to relatives.

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