Woman Makes Alford Plea on Child Sex Abuse Charges

A woman accused of sexually abusing a 2-year-old child at her Mason City in-home day care has been given five years of probation.

Court records say 31-year-old Tawny Symonds also was sentenced to a suspended five-year prison term at a hearing Monday in Mason City.

Symonds had submitted a written Alford plea in Cerro Gordo County District Court to child endangerment after prosecutors agreed to drop sexual abuse and assault charges. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state likely can prove the charge.

Symonds must pay more than $1,000 in restitution and is barred from contact with minors.