MAYER, MN – A Mayer woman was arrested July 8 for her role in an alleged sexual assault involving her 9-year-old daughter in Iowa, according to a formal complaint from the Carver County Attorney’s Office.
Cynthia Mitteness, 48, is being held in the Carver County Jail pending $50,000 cash bail or a $500,000 bond. Her next court appearance was scheduled for July 15.
According to reports, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to the crime July 7 after Mitteness’ husband found “alarming social media messages” between his wife and Michael Lee Williams, 50, a registered sex offender in Runnells, just outside of Des Moines, IA.
Mitteness and her daughter had allegedly traveled to Iowa June 10-12 to visit a relative, according to the complaint. Mitteness later admitted to authorities to bringing her daughter to meet up with Williams. She stated that Williams likes “young girls as well as adult girls.” The complaint also states that Mitteness admitted to taking nude photographs of her daughter, but could not recall if she sent the images to Williams.
The formal complaint notes that the 9-year-old told her father she was at Williams’ house, and that her mother said not to talk about it.
During the investigation, Carver County Sheriff’s Office deputies reviewed explicit electronic messages between Mitteness and Williams.
Deputies searched Mitteness’ residence in Mayer July 8, recovering electronics, documents, and books. She has since been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct (a felony), contributing to the need for child protection or services (a gross misdemeanor), and child endangerment (a gross misdemeanor).
Law enforcement from Polk County, IA arrested Williams for felony human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to reports, Williams was placed on the Iowa Sex Offender registry in 1996 after being convicted of indecent exposure. In 2001, he was convicted of first-degree sexual assault.