Federal officers disciplined after N.Y. rape, killing

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Federal probation officers in upstate New York have been fired or demoted after a man they were monitoring was charged with slipping out of his electronic bracelet, raping a 10-year-old girl, and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.

The charges at the federal probation office in Syracuse were detailed in a letter from US courts administrators to Representative Dan Maffei, who had written to the courts and Attorney General Eric Holder in May, asking for an investigation into the probation office.

The probation officers were criticized in March after authorities said David Renz quickly removed and reassembled an electronic bracelet so monitors did not immediately realize he had taken it off.


Police say he then strangled and stabbed a woman in her car and raped the woman’s daughter.

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Renz, 29, has pleaded not guilty to murder and rape charges.

He wore the monitor because of an earlier child pornography arrest.

The letter from Judge Thomas Hogan, director of the Administrative Office of the US Courts in Washington, did not specify how many probation officers were let go or demoted.

‘‘While nothing can diminish the severity of the crimes attributed to David Renz or excuse the deficiencies in supervision of his case, our view . . . is that David Renz was not supervised in a manner typical of federal probation and pretrial services practices,’’ Hogan wrote.

Associated Press