Posted at: 04/17/2013 5:38 AM
By: Associated Press
An investigation into how an upstate New York man accused of raping a child and killing her mother defeated a monitoring bracelet he was supposed to be wearing has concluded authorities mishandled numerous alerts from the device.
The federal court report says there were 46 "tamper" or "no motion" alerts during the nine weeks 29-year-old David Renz wore the device after a child pornography arrest, but they went largely ignored by probation officials. The report says some weren't checked because the monitoring service had recommended dismissing alerts lasting less than five minutes as likely false alarms.
The device was found at Renz' home after his arrest on charges he raped a 10-year-old girl and stabbed her mother to death during a carjacking near Syracuse on March 14.
The report released Tuesday by Northern District Chief Judge Gary Sharpe was first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard.