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Man who pretended to be missing boy Timmothy Pitzen faces new charges

Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 22:07:39-04

The man who pretended to be missing boy Timmothy Pitzen faces additional charges according to the United States Department of Justice.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, is now charged with two counts of making false statements and one count of aggravated identity theft on top of one existing count of making false statements that he was charged with on April 6.

Rini lied to police officers earlier this month, telling them that he was missing 11-year-old Timmothy Pitzen.

He told officers he had escaped from a hotel room where two men were holding him captive. He also claimed the men were sexually and physically abusing him.

Once transported to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Emergency Room, DNA results verified that Rini was not Pitzen, but a 23-year-old felon.

Timmothy Pitzen went missing from Aurora, Ill. in 2011 when he was 6-years-old.

Making false statements to federal agents is a federal crime punisable by eight years in this case. Aggravated identity theft has a mandatory additional two year sentence.