Arizona man charged with plans targeting sex offenders

Phoenix (AP) —Three people have been charged with fraud in Arizona, where prosecutors said they were planning to harass them by receiving payments from sex offenders instead of removing their names from their website.

In a complaint released Thursday, Scottsdale’s Charles Rodrick and Brent Osterblood were accused of obtaining information from a site in the National Predator Database and posting it on a site created by Rodrick.

According to prosecutors, Rodrick, Osterblood, and Salacia received money for removing their names from Rodrick’s site, but did not or republished the victim’s profile on other Rodrick-owned sites. .. They also said the trio harassed others whose names were not listed in the National Predator Database by posting a profile of fraudulent sex offenders on Rodrick’s website.

Rodrick, 60, was detained at Sky Harbor International Airport, returning from Costa Rica on Tuesday.

At Rodrick’s first court hearing, prosecutor Nicole Shaker said Rodrick had issued another $ 3 million civil judgment against him in Maricopa County for the victims of a criminal case. He hasn’t paid them anything. Rodrick uses a limited liability company and his girlfriend to hide his assets, Shaker said.

At a hearing, Rodrick said the FBI tried to file a federal proceeding against him a few years ago, but the proceeding was dismissed by a federal grand jury. “It’s a shock to me that this will surface in 2021,” Rodrick said.

Shaker argued that the current case had happened before the federal grand jury.

Bond was set at $ 30,000 for Rodrick. Rodrick was ordered to wear an ankle monitor outside the prison.

The message left on Thursday to Rodrick’s lawyer, Christopher Califano, was not immediately returned.

It’s unclear if Oesterblad and Shea have lawyers who can comment on behalf of their clients.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office issued a complaint, but the court file itself was not released Thursday noon. Oesterblad and Shea did not list the phone numbers.

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