Syracuse, N.Y., probation officers disciplined over murder charge

June 18, 2013 at 5:42 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. probation officers in Syracuse, N.Y., were disciplined after an accused child pornographer was charged with murder, a judge says.

Judge Thomas F. Hogan, who heads the administrative office of the U.S. courts in Washington, told Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., that probation officers have been fired and demoted, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported. Hogan made the disclosure in a letter Monday.

David Renz, 29, of Cicero, N.Y., who was under electronic monitoring while awaiting trial on child pornography charges, allegedly forced Lori Bresnahan, 47, a school librarian in Liverpool, N.Y., and a 10-year-old girl into a car at a Syracuse-area mall. He is charged with killing Bresnahan and raping the girl.

Renz had apparently disabled his monitoring bracelet.

In May, Maffei requested an investigation of the federal probation office in Syracuse. He told U,S. Attorney General Eric Holder there had been 45 reports of attempted tampering with Renz's bracelet and said the Syracuse probation office had a policy of ignoring tampering warnings that lasted less than 5 minutes.

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