April 2015: Gary Mills has been released early. Now living in Okehampton

January 2010

Paedophile who raped girl and filmed it jailed for 12 years

PAEDOPHILE who raped a girl who was aged under 10 years old and filmed his vile crimes on a mobile phone to show people has been jailed for 12 years.

Gary Mills, 45 was only brought to justice when he revealed the images to a work colleague, who alerted the police.

Mills had groomed the young girl by asking her to be his girlfriend, giving her money and buying her underwear.

As Mills, who has convictions for violence and burglary, was led from the dock at Truro Crown Court to begin his sentence, the family of the child wept.

A man in the group shouted at Mills, of Glen Park, Pensilva, Liskeard, “Rot in hell.”

Mills had admitted:

  1. Two counts of rape of a child

  2. One of sexual assault of a child

  3. Eight of making indecent images of a child

  4. Seven of possessing indecent images of a child

Note: One count of rape, which Mills denied and on which the Crown offered no evidence, was ordered to lie on file.

The indecent images were of his victim and other young girls, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Andrew MacFarlane said the crimes only came to light when Anthony Pearce started work at the home improvement firm where Mills was employed. “As a part of his induction, he was allocated to work with the defendant. The defendant then proceeded to show Mr Pearce a number of indecent images, including those of young girls.”

Disgusted, Mr Pearce reported it to police. Officers seized Mills’ telephones and computer equipment, where the indecent images were found.

For Mills, Rupert Taylor said it was “a grave matter” but Mills’ guilty pleas had saved his victim the trauma of having to give evidence before a court.

Judge Christopher Elwen told Mills: “Your lack of insight is especially worrying. You are not willing toface your offences.” Mills was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, disqualified from working with children and made the subject of an indefinite Sex Offenders Prevention Order.

Judge Elwen paid tribute to Mr Pearce and ordered the court to reward him with £500. I commend Anthony Pearce for his public-spirited actions,” he said. “His actions put an end to this child’s appalling abuse and suffering.”

He also paid tribute to Dc Sara Ward, saying: “Her analysis of the images clearly demonstrated diligence and attention to detail which brought this case to a swift conclusion.”