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Registered Sex Offender Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For His Enticement Of An Orange County Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that MATTHEW MILLS was sentenced to 15 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Nelson Román for his enticement of an 11-year-old minor.  Today’s sentencing followed MILLS’s guilty plea on September 29, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Matthew Mills’s crimes are the nightmare of every parent.  Even after registering as a sex offender, Mills was able to prey on a young child from across the country, but the career prosecutors of this Office and our investigative partners were relentless in pursuing this predator.  Today’s lengthy sentence ensures that Mills will face justice for his reprehensible conduct.”

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:

From on or about July 30, 2020, up to and including on or about July 31, 2020, MATTHEW MILLS exchanged text messages with an 11-year-old minor (“Victim-1”) and directed Victim-1 to take and transmit sexually explicit photographs and videos of Victim-1 to MILLS.  At the time of these communications, MILLS was in Colorado and Victim-1 was in Orange County.

Earlier in 2020, MILLS pled guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a Class 4 Felony, in the state of Colorado.  As a result of this offense, on or about July 10, 2020, MILLS was sentenced to an eight-year term of probation and was required to register as a sex offender in Colorado.

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In addition to the prison sentence, MILLS, 32, of Aurora, Colorado, was sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release.      

Mr. Williams praised the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), the FBI Hudson Valley Safe Streets Task Force, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Denver Police Department in connection with this investigation.      

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.  


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-2600

Updated January 10, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-007