A months-long investigation into the actions of a Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services staff worker has led to a 26-year-old former employee being indicted on several sex crimes charges after she allegedly participated “in inappropriate situations” with two juveniles under her care.
Lauren Rose Cavness has been charged with two counts of sexual battery and single counts of child exploitation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Before she was fired in February, Cavness was employed for almost four years at Child Protective Services.
After the case against Cavness was investigated by the CPS Special Investigation Unit, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, and the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Office, it was presented to a grand jury on Sept.23.
The indictment against the former CPS employee reports that she had sex with two juveniles that had been left in her care. It also alleged that she had harbored a runaway child, twice.
Critical evidence to support the indictment claims was recovered from Cavness’s cell phone, according to police.
After learning of the indictment, Cavness turned herself in. She was later released on a $70,000 bond set by Circuit Court Judge Kelly Mims.