PRESCOTT, Ariz. – A convicted sex offender accused of helping a man pose as a 12-year-old boy and enroll in different Arizona schools has been sentenced to 51 years in prison.
Yavapai County Judge Robert Brutinel handed down the sentence Monday to 37-year-old Brian Jay Nellis of Chino Valley.
Nellis was sentenced to three consecutive 17-year sentences with no chance of parole stemming from three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Nellis declined to speak when Brutinel asked him if he had anything to say.
Nellis was accused of helping 29-year-old Neil Havens Rodreick pose as a 12-year-old in order to trick four Arizona middle schools into allowing him to attend school as a student.
Nellis posed as Rodreick's cousin; they lived with two older men posing as Rodreick's uncle and grandfather.