State Sen. DeFrancisco proposes legislation after Renz case reveals obstacle with access to juvenile records
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:03:43 GMT — State Senator John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, has proposed legislation that would allow for Family Court Clerks to provide juvenile records to prosecutors when a defendant is charged with a sex offense. Currently, those records are automatically sealed.(Read the proposed legislation.)The legislation was proposed following the arrest of David Renz, 29, who is accused of murdering a Liverpool school librarian and raping a 10-year-old girl.Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan publically called for a legislative review of procedures for the unsealing of juvenile records prior to bail hearings for alleged sex offenders. On March 20th, CNY Central's Jim Kenyon revealed that Renz had been implicated in the sexual abuse of a minor when he was a teenager and that the alleged victim in that case met recently with the District Attorney's office. The records of Renz's alleged juvenile offense were sealed in Onondaga County Family Court. Those records were not available to police or prosecutors before Federal Magistrate Andrew Baxter released Renz on home confinement with an electronic monitoring device a prior arrest on child pornography charges in January. On March 14th, Renz is accused of cutting off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, murdering Lori Bresnahan and raping a 10-year-old girl.
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