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.
One-hundred-twenty-three victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents during an international operation aimed at rescuing victims and targeting individuals who own, trade and produce images of child pornography.
Of those identified, forty-four children were directly rescued from their abusers, and seventy-nine were identified as either being exploited by others outside of their home or are now adults who were victimized as children.
HSI and partner law enforcement agencies arrested 245 individuals during the operation, which took place Nov. 1 to Dec. 7. Of the 123 victims, 110 were identified in 19 U.S. states.
Of the one-hundred-twenty-three victims identified during Operation Sunflower, five were under the age of 3; nine were ages 4 to 6; twenty-one were ages 7 to 9; eleven were ages 10 to 12; thirty-eight were ages 13 to 15, and fifteen were ages 16 to 17. Twenty-four of the victims identified are now adults who were victimized as children. Seventy were female, and fifty-three were male.