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US Probation Office sued over New York child rape

April 4, 2014
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A young girl raped by a man released from jail while awaiting a child pornography trial is suing the federal government for $110 million.

A lawyer representing David Renz's victim says in court papers the U.S. Probation Office failed to follow its own policies for monitoring a criminal defendant released with an electronic ankle bracelet in the months before the attack last March. The suit claims that allowed Renz to rape the 10-year-old suburban Syracuse girl and kill her mother.

The suit was filed Friday in the name of Sheila Ben, the girl's court-appointed guardian.

Renz pleaded guilty in state court to murder and rape and is awaiting sentencing. He was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison on the federal child pornography charges.

Matthew Brown, the chief probation officer in Syracuse, declined to comment.



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