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Youngstown woman charged with child endangering

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown woman has been indicted by a Mahoning County Grand Jury, accused of failing to protect three young children from a registered sex offender.

Authorities say it all happened at a home on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown where authorities believe 26-year-old Dawn Cavna allegedly failed to protect 3 young children for over a year. Children just 9, 7, and 1-years-old.

A Mahoning County Grand Jury has now indicted her on 7 criminal charges.

On the advice of her attorney Dawn Cavna turned herself in on Friday, and went before Judge Maureen Sweeney to make her initial appearance.

Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Natasha Frenchko tells 21 News, "Dawn Cavna was indicted for 6 counts of child endangering and 1 count of tampering with evidence. She was set to be arraigned on Tuesday, however she came in this morning with her attorney and they requested that the arraignment be held this morning. The Judge did allow that happen and the bond was set at $150,000 cash or surety. She was taken into custody."

Mahoning County Prosecutors allege that Cavna was reckless or complicit when her husband, 28-year-old, Christopher Cavna took photos of the children engaged in sexual activity in the Youngstown home, and distributed those photos on his cell phone and through email.

The Youngstown Office of the FBI arrested Christopher Cavna and he has since pleaded guilty. The crime that could send him to prison for 25 years to life.

According to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint filed by the FBI, Christopher Cavna is a registered Sexual Offender, having been convicted of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor in January of 2011.

Dawn Cavna was booked into the Mahoning County Jail.

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