A man told sex offenders he'd remove their names from a website for a fee, but federal prosecutors say that was a crime and now the suspect faces charges.
Charles Rodrick and Brent Oesterblad allegedly obtained information from the National Predator Database’s site and posted it on another website created by Rodrick, according to federal prosecutors in Arizona.
Rodrick, Oesterblad, and Sarah Shea then received money for removing the names from Rodrick’s site. However, they failed to do so or republished the victims’ profiles on Rodrick’s other sites, according to prosecutors.
The suspects also harassed people whose names weren't listed on the database by posting fake sex offender profiles about them on the website, prosecutors said.
The Associated Press reported Rodrick has a separate $3 million civil judgment against him in Maricopa County for the victims in the criminal case, but he has not paid them anything.
Prosecutor Nicole Shaker said Rodrick uses limited liability corporations and girlfriends to hide his assets, according to Associated Press.
Rodrick was charged with fraudulent schemes and artifices, illegally conducting an enterprise, computer tampering and harassment.
His bail was been set at $30,000, who must also wear an ankle monitor when outside of jail.