Former Liberty woman sentenced for recording rape of 3-year old girl on cell phone
A former Liberty Township woman already sentenced to spend more than two decades in federal prison for child pornography convictions has been sentenced again for raping a three-year-old girl as she recorded it on a cell phone, then sharing the video with a man.
Candis Sue Wynn, who turned 35-years-old earlier this month as she sat in the Trumbull County Jail, appeared before a judge in Trumbull County on Thursday where she pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition, six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, four counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, and four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.
Wynn was immediately sentenced to 35 years in prison. If she serves the full term, Wynn would be 70-years old when she is released. Judge Ronald Rice also declared Wynn must register as a sex offender.
Investigators say Wynn forced a three-year-old child to engage in sex acts in late 2018 and early 2019 and allowing video to be taken of the alleged acts.
Wynn is already serving a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in federal court to sexual exploitation of a minor, receipt and distribution of child pornography, and possessing child pornography.
Last year, a Trumbull County Grand Jury indicted Wynn and Daniel Parker on multiple counts of rape and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
Parker, who is also charged with tampering with evidence, is already serving more than 21-and-a half years in federal prison after being convicted of sexually exploiting children and receiving pictures of children engaged in sexual conduct.
Parker has been transferred from federal prison in Arizona to the Trumbull County Jail where he awaits trial in October.
Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Gabe Wildman told 21 News earlier that there is no way to convict someone of rape under federal law, so the county pursued the local charges.
The Trumbull County indictments are based on the same evidence used to gain the federal convictions of the pair when Wynn was accused of trading child pornography with Parker.
According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Wynn sent Parker a video of the child being sexually assaulted.
Investigators say Wynn also sent Parker other pictures and videos of children engaged in sex acts with adults.
A special agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation says that Parker also sent pornographic videos to children to Wynn.
On January 8, 2019, Liberty Police searched Wynn's home, seizing her phone and other items.
Police used another search warrant later that month to confiscated two cell phones, a tablet, and a sim card from Parker, who was at the Community Corrections Association halfway house on Market Street in Youngstown at the time.
In August 2018, Wynn was sentenced to six months in jail for child endangering. According to police, Wynn left her then two-year-old daughter home alone while she went to a store to buy liquor.