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Former Liberty woman to undergo psych evaluation

Stands accused of engaging in sexual conduct with 3-year-old

WARREN — A former Liberty woman, brought back to the Mahoning Valley from a federal prison in Arizona last week, is scheduled to undergo a psychiatric evaluation within the month.

Her attorney has filed a not-guilty-by-insanity plea with the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in the case involving sex with a 3-year-old that includes three counts of rape with possible life sentences.

Candis Wynn, 34, formerly of Lucretia Drive, Liberty, appeared before Judge Ronald Rice for a pre-trial hearing Thursday with her attorney Jeff Goodman. Rice said he will sign the order for the evaluation and hopes the psychologist will have a report ready so the judge can rule on Wynn’s competency at a June 3 hearing.

Court officials are working on a tight schedule in this case, with final hearing schedule for June 17. A jury trial has been set for July 12.

Assistant Prosecutor Gabriel Wildman said his office had been working with federal officials for months to bring back Wynn to face the local charges: 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 minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.

She was booked last week into the Trumbull County jail, where Goodman said he hopes she remains until trial. He told the judge he thinks there is a 120-day clock in this case.

In the local case, prosecutors say Wynn is accused of having sexual conduct with a child who was 3 at the time as part of the late 2018 and early 2019 offenses.

Federal court records show Wynn was given a 25-year federal sentence in 2019 after being found guilty of sexual exploitation of children, receipt and distribution of visual depiction of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography. That case, investigated by members of the Liberty Police Department, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, the county prosecutor’s office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, involved Wynn and another man allegedly trading images of child pornography via cellphones.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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