Office of the United States Attorney, John S. Leonardo
District of Arizona
September 17, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Sept. 17, 2013, Billy Dewayne Mills, 34, of Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced to 18 years in prison, followed by a term of lifetime supervised release with stringent sex offender conditions, including registration as a sex offender. Mills pleaded guilty to knowing access of child pornography on March 7, 2013.
Mills was indicted by a federal grand jury for accessing child pornography after an investigation by Tucson Department of Homeland Security Agents revealed that Mills downloaded and shared child pornography by way of a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. Mills had previously been convicted in Missouri of possession of child pornography in 2008 and of first degree child molestation in 2000.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorney’s Offices and DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood coordinates federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The investigation in this case was conducted by Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Agents in Tucson. The prosecution was handled by Carin C. Duryee, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.
CASE NUMBER: CR-12-02467
RELEASE NUMBER: 2013-073_Mills
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