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Statement of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher

Statement of Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher

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Published by Amanda Jordan
Prosecutor's statement at David Renz's sentencing
Prosecutor's statement at David Renz's sentencing

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Published by: Amanda Jordan on Mar 19, 2014
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WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED FOR THIS CRIME ON JANUARY 9, 2013, DAVID RENZ PRESENTED AS WHAT SOME WOULD REFER TO AS A TYPICAL “RUN-OF-THE MILL” CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENDER. HE HAD COLLECTED AND MAINTAINED AN ENORMOUS COLLECTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, BUT APPEARED WITH A GOOD JOB, A STABLE RESIDENCE, NO CRIMINAL RECORD, AND NO DISCERNABLE REASON – OTHER THAN THE NATURE OF HIS CRIME ITSELF- FOR THE COURT, PROBATION, AND THE ATTORNEYS, TO PROVE OR FIND THAT HE WAS A RISK OF FLIGHT OR DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY. SO HE WAS RELEASED. ON STANDARD CONDITIONS. AND THEN HE PROVED, WHAT 10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS PARTICULAR FIELD HAS TAUGHT ME – THERE IS NO TYPICAL, NO RUN OF THE MILL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE. WITH PREMEDITATION, PLANNING, AND PRACTICE, THE DEFENDANT THWARTED THE GPS SYSTEM HE WAS ORDERED TO WEAR, AND ON THE NIGHT OF MARCH 14, 2013, DAVID RENZ CARRIED OUT A PLAN HE HAD CLEARLY SPENT TIME THINKING ABOUT, PREPARING, AND
 
PLANNING. AND HE COMMITTED THE MOST HORRIFIC CRIMES THIS COMMUNITY HAS SEEN IN RECENT MEMORY. WHEN PEOPLE DENY THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND HANDS-ON OFFENSES, THEY SHOULD BE REMINDED THAT THE RAPE COMMITTED BY DAVID RENZ THAT  NIGHT MIMICKED, TO A LARGE DEGREE, THE RAPE OF A CHILD DEPICTED IN HIS COLLECTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. BUT WHILE THE RAPE WAS CERTAINLY A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE CRIMES DAVID RENZ SET OUT TO COMMIT THAT NIGHT, IT IS EQUALLY AS CERTAIN THAT HIS END GAME, HIS EXIT STRATEGY, WAS TO LEAVE NO WITNESSESS. DESPITE AMPLE MEANS AND OPPORTUNITES TO FLEE INTO THE NIGHT ONCE HE ACCOMPLISHED THE RAPE, DAVID RENZ INSTEAD TOOK HIS VICTIMS TO A REMOTE LOCATION, WHERE, WHILE HE KILLED LORI BRESNAHAN, THE CHILD MANAGED, MIRACULOUSLY, AND WITH AN UNIMAGINABLE AMOUNT OF INNER STRENGTH, TO ESCAPE TO THE RESCUE OF STRANGERS.
 
WHILE WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT HERE TO SENTENCE DAVID RENZ FOR THE CRIMES HE COMITTED ON MARCH 14
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 OF LAST YEAR, THOSE CRIMES INFORM THIS SENTENCE. WHILE THE DEFENSE POINTS TO THE DEFENDANT’S APPEARANCE, CHILDHOOD DIFFICULTIES, AND ADULT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS FACTORS THAT SET RENZ APART FROM OTHER OFFENDERS – THEY DON’T. WHAT SETS DAVID RENZ APART ARE HIS ACTIONS. HE HAS PROVEN TO THIS COURT- AND TO THE COMMUNITY – WHO HE REALLY IS, AND WHAT HE IS REALLY CAPABLE OF. AND IT WAS ONLY AFTER HE COMMITTED THESE HORRIBLE CRIMES THAT WE LEARNED THAT THE MAN WHO PRESENTED AT HIS INITIAL APPEARANCE WITHOUT A CRIMINAL RECORD HAD IN FACT SEXUALLY ABUSED A CHILD BEFORE. THE ELUSIVE FAMILY COURT RECORDS, WHICH REMAIN SEALED TO THIS DAY, WOULD HAVE SHOWN AN ADJUDICATION FOR ANOTHER SEX OFFENSE.

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