Sex offenders were Charles Rodrick’s business. For years, the Arizona website owner targeted people who had been arrested for sex crimes and demanded payments for removal of online profiles.
When they complained or resisted, Rodrick responded with promises of greater exposure and humiliation, according to computer, court and other records.
His online intimidation campaign expanded after 2011 to include perceived critics: a judge, multiple lawyers, his ex-wife, a defense contractor and an Arizona Republic reporter.
On Tuesday, federal and state authorities arrested Rodrick at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after he stepped off a flight from Central America.