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Federal authorities make child porn arrests in Florida, Pennsylvania

July 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Pennsylvania woman on charges of producing and distributing sexually explicit images of a minor.

Lisa A. Renze, 48, of Connellsville, Pa., is accused of enticing and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a news release.

If convicted, Renze faces up to 130 years in prison, a fine of $1.5 million or both.

Homeland Security said her arrest was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to protect children from sexual predators.

In a related development, federal authorities in South Florida said they arrested five suspects as part of Operation iGuardian aimed at child sex predators, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.

The five suspects were identified as Hebrew teacher Theodore Nusbaum, 64, Thomas Edler, 48, Jorge Berkowitz, 50, Ivan Bladimir Maldonado, 24 and Andres Moreno, 37.

To date, iGuardian has resulted in 255 arrests in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

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