A 23-year-old Wadsworth man who filmed himself raping a 5-year-old girl will spend at least 21 1/2 years in prison — and likely much more, according to his attorney.
Medina County Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler on Thursday sentenced Charles Mills, of the 100 block of Main Street, to life in prison with the possibility for parole after 15 years for the rape of a child under age 10.
He was given an additional 6ﾽ years for filming it, destroying the video and having sex with a different girl, a teenager. Mills pleaded guilty to all counts in March and admitted his guilt at his sentencing.
“Cases like this show he’s a real danger to the public,” county Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi told the judge.
Razavi had suggested the prison sentence that the judge imposed.
Mills was caught after relatives found the video. They reported it to police, but Mills destroyed or disposed of the video before police arrived.
“It’s very unfortunate and very sad that someone had to see these videos,” Razavi said. “But that had the unintended consequence that they could go to the police to tell them what they saw.”
Michael Callow, Mills’ attorney, asked the judge to consider life with parole eligibility at 15 years — which was the mandatory minimum sentence — with no additional time.
“He’s 23 years old and he doesn’t have any priors,” Callow said. “By the time those 15 years are up, he’ll be almost 40, and we all know hardly anybody gets out on parole the first time they go before the (Ohio Parole) Board.”
He told the judge that Mills “suffers from a host of mental health disorders,” including Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder and social phobias.
When given a chance to speak, Mills apologized for his actions.
“I’m guilty on all counts, but I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Mills said. “I’m working on changing myself.”
Mills also was labeled a Tier III sex offender, meaning he must register with the Sheriff’s Office every three months for the rest of his life if he is released from prison.
Thursday’s hearing was the second time Mills was before the judge for sentencing. The first time, in April, the judge read a portion of a pre-sentence interview with the probation office that indicated Mills did not take responsibility for his actions.
The judge rescheduled the hearing to give Mills the chance to revoke his guilty plea.
Kimbler said the sentencing is appropriate.
“I think this is necessary to protect the public and to punish the offender,” he said.