Brian Rini impersonated Timmothy Pitzen is jailed for two years

Brian Rini impersonated Timmothy Pitzen is jailed for two years
Brian Rini impersonated Timmothy Pitzen is jailed for two years

Brian Rini impersonated Timmothy Pitzen is jailed for two years.

The 24-year-old Illinois man who pretended to be missing boy Timmothy Pitzen has been sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft in a deal with prosecutors.

Brian Michael Rini, 24, briefly dangled the hope of a happy ending in April, when he turned up on the street in Newport, Kentucky, and claimed to be a kidnap victim fleeing sex traffickers that he’d left behind in a Red Roof Inn.

He gave as his name Timmothy Pitzen, who then would have been 14.

A DNA test soon revealed Rini’s true identity. He was an ex-con recently released after being imprisoned for stealing and burglary who’d previously tried to pass himself off as a sex trafficking victim. He told authorities he adopted Timmothy’s identity after learning about Timmothy’s case and his father’s devoted search on ABC News’ 20/20, according to a criminal complaint that charged him with making false statements to a federal agent.

His decision to plead guilty to aggravated identity theft was revealed in a court filing last week, reports the Associated Press and Cincinnati TV station WCPO.

He was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison with credit for time already served, reports WOIO.

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