Brian Rini, man who said he was Timmothy Pitzen, faces federal charge

Brian Rini, man who said he was Timmothy Pitzen, faces federal charge

Brian Rini, man who said he was Timmothy Pitzen, faces federal charge

An FBI affidavit says an OH man who authorities say falsely claimed to be an IL boy missing for eight years has made similar claims twice before.

The FBI said Brian Rini had made false claims twice before, portraying himself as a juvenile sex-trafficking victim. He claimed he had been forced to have sex with men, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Then on Thursday came devastating word from the FBI: DNA tests showed that the man was not Timmothy.

Rini finally acknowledged his identity after being confronted with the DNA results, said he had watched a story about Pitzen on ABC's 20/20 news program, and had wanted to get away from his family, according to Braun.

He told authorities on Wednesday that he was Timmothy Pitzen, who would be 14 years old now, and that he had been kidnapped and held by two men for seven years.

Rini isn't facing any local charges, sheriff's office spokesman Dave Daugherty said, but it's possible he may face federal charges.

Glassman said false claims like this waste law enforcement resources and cause pain for the family. "Given the physical complaints and obvious trauma one would expect if one was, in fact, a child who had been missing and abducted for many years, he was taken to Cincinnati children's hospital", Glassman said Friday.

The man who falsely claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who disappeared in 2011, was released from an OH prison last month after serving time for burglary and vandalism, court records show.

In Timmothy's hometown of Aurora, Illinois, police Sgt. Bill Rowley said that over the years his department has received thousands of tips about Timmothy, including false sightings.

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As of 12:20 p.m. Friday, Rini was in the custody of a U.S. Marshall, Glassman said.

As of Friday, police, have not yet offered any motive for why Rini posed as Pitzen or why he chose a 2011 case now far off the public's radar.

"You'll never find him", the note said. Later that day, his mother took him out of school, and authorities found Pitzen's mother dead by suicide two days later in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois.

Linda Ramirez, who lives nearby and knew the family, said she was "pretty excited" but didn't "want to have false hopes".

Jonathon also said Brian had used his name during a traffic stop in 2017.

His younger brother, Jonathon Rini, told WCPO's Cleveland sister station that Brian Rini had a long history of criminal behavior and mental illness.

Timmothy's mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, picked him up early from kindergarten in May of 2011.

The story that Timmothy might have been found spread quickly online Wednesday, as users weighed in to say they prayed for the child's safe return.

He said he hasn't spoken to his brother in three or four years and was shocked when he heard what happened. Missing boy Timmothy Pitzen is pictured on the left. She drove him hundreds of miles, and they visited a zoo and a water park.

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