June 29, 2016

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Man pleads guilty to filming rape of child

MEDINA — A 23-year-old Wadsworth man pleaded guilty Thursday to filming himself raping a young girl.

Charles Mills

Charles Mills

Charles Mills was charged with raping a child under age 10, two counts of pandering sexual matter involving a minor and tampering with evidence. He also was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor regarding a different child.

Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he was glad his office was able to work out a plea deal because it spares the children from having to testify in court.

Police said Mills destroyed the video.

“We didn’t have the videotape, we had a very young child and a lot of complicated testimony,” Holman said. “Two victims were spared the anxiety of having to go to trial, so we’re happy with this plea deal, and the parents were, too.”

County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler scheduled Mills for an April 24 sentencing hearing. Mills faces life in prison with parole eligibility after 15 years.

Mills was indicted Jan. 3 after someone found the videotape and reported it to police, Holman said.

“By the time police had gotten there, he’d gotten rid of it,” the prosecutor said.

As part of the plea deal, a specification that the rape involved force was dropped. If he was convicted of that specification, Mills would have faced life in prison without the possibility for parole, Holman said.

“He’s facing significant prison time, and we’ve got a very dangerous guy off the streets,” Holman said. “It’s an awful set of facts with terrible consequences for everyone — the child and the defendant.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.