Crime

Day Care, Mentoring Program Was Front For Child Porn Operation, Police Say

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

North Carolina authorities say a day care and mentoring program in Harnett County was a front for a child pornography production ring.

The day care was being run out of the Sanford home of a convicted sex offender, according to Harnett County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Investigators say 33-year-old Bailey Joe Mills, who was convicted three times on charges related to sexual contact with a child, was running the operation out of his home. They say Mills set up a “mentoring program” to meet parents with the hope of attracting young girls to his residence.

Harnett County Detective Brad Byrd said Mills offered the girls money to have sex with men he contacted through the Internet.

The case involves about 10 male and female victims ranging from ages one to 14.

"As I go through all the evidence, I see everything that's happened to these children," Byrd said. "It's heartbreaking."

Five people have been arrested in connection with the case, including Mills’ wife and a Fort Bragg soldier.

Tommy Keith Wall, 50, was arrested June 24 and charged with first-degree rape of a child, felony conspiracy and two counts of first-degree sex offense with a child. Investigators say they have obtained a video of Wall committing sex acts with a child.

Elizabeth Holland Mills, 34, was charged with second-degree sex exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child. Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Everett Busse, 29, was charged with felony conspiracy and computer solicitation of a child, and Rashawn Rodriguez Drake Jackson, 20, was charged with first-degree sex offense with a child and felony conspiracy.

Mills is being held at Harnett County Jail on $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance July 28.

Sources: WRAL-TV, WNCN-TV