Charles Roderick, who charged registrants up to $500 to remove their personal information from websites he created, was arrested today by the FBI and taken into custody. His arrest followed a grand jury indictment for a variety of felonies and misdemeanors. If convicted of those charges, Rodrick faces between 12 to 23 years in prison.
According to reliable news sources, Rodrick was arrested in the Phoenix airport after returning from a vacation in Costa Rica. He is scheduled to appear in Maricopa Superior Court on April 14. In order to ensure he will appear in court on that date, Mr. Rodrick is currently wearing a GPS device.
In addition to Rodrick, the same grand jury also indicted his colleague Brent Oesterblad and Sarah Shea, former wife of Mr. Oesterblad for a variety of felonies including computer tampering, fraudulent schemes and artifices as well as illegally conducting an enterprise. Oesterblad and Shea are scheduled to appear in court on April 27. Additional information regarding this matter can be found at www.courtkey.com.
ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci challenged the actions of Rodrick and Oesterblad in federal district court in March 2013. The claims made in the lawsuit included violation of the federal RICO act which is often used in cases involving organized crime groups. Following a trial by jury, a federal district court judge granted a partial victory to the plaintiffs in the case in July 2016.
Charles Rodrick is the ringleader behind a network of websites that extorted, harassed and stalked those who have been labelled as sex offenders. Mr. Roderick and his long-time business partner and friend, Brent Oesterblad were identified as the owners or operators of websites like Offendex.com, Offendex-data, Sexoffenderarchives and more. Charles Rodrick would later start harassing and profiling attorneys, reporters and other professionals.