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Connellsville Woman Charged with Producing then Distributing Sexually Explicit Images of a Minor

July 15, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Fayette County woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of production and distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The six-count indictment, returned on July 9 and unsealed today following her arrest, named Lisa A. Renze, 48, of Connellsville, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 30, 2010, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, Renze employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. The indictment further alleges that on or about Jan. 31, 2010, Feb. 16, 2010, March 28, 2010, May 26, 2010, and Nov. 12, 2010, Renze distributed images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, to an individual located in Jeannette, Pa.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 130 years in prison, a fine of $1.5 million, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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