Man arrested after claiming to be a missing child

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FILE – This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett has a Jan. 8, 2019 status conference set in the case of Brian Michael Rini, of Medina, Ohio, who authorities say claimed to be a long-missing child. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

CINCINNATI,Oh.(AP)- A federal judge will hear next week whether a plea deal has been reached in the case of a 24-year-old man charged with lying about being a long-missing child.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett in Cincinnati has a Jan. 8 status conference scheduled for Brian Michael Rini.

Barrett has ruled that Rini is competent to stand trial, but a transcript made available recently shows that Rini’s public defender told the judge there had been discussions about resolving the case without a trial.

Rini has been held without bond since last April. A message was sent to his attorney seeking comment.

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(This story was originally published on December 31, 2019)

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