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Deputies: Day care, mentoring program a front for Sanford child porn operation

Posted June 23
Updated November 21

Editor's note: Charges against Tommy Keith Wall were dismissed and records of his arrest were expunged Oct. 30, 2014, after further investigation revealed the wrong person was charged.

SANFORD – A pseudo day care and mentoring program operating out of the Sanford home of a convicted sex offender was actually a front for a child porn production operation, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office detectives said.

Four people have been arrested in the case. Investigators are searching for Tommy Wall, a fifth person who may be in the Raleigh or Fayetteville areas.

Investigators used still photos from a video of Wall to seek help from the public in finding him. The images are from a video of Wall having sex with an adult female, and investigators say there is another video of him committing a hands-on sexual act with a child.

Anyone with information about Wall's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Brad Byrd with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 893-0150.

Investigators say Bailey Joe Mills, 33, who was convicted three times on charges related to sexual contact with children, ran the operation out of his former Nicole Drive home. They believe Mills ran the day care and mentoring program to attract young girls to his residence and to create a relationship with their parents. Mills then offered the girls money to have sex with men he found through different social media sites, authorities said.

Byrd described the evidence as "very disturbing."

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

Mills has had multiple arrests and convictions over the years:

  • In 1997 he was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child.
  • He was convicted in 2000 for indecent liberties with a child, which required him to register as a sex offender, receive psychological treatment and not be around children under 13. His name was expired from the registry in 2006.
  • Mills was arrested in January for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The operation, which involves about 10 male and female victims ranging from ages 1 to 14, dates back to 2013, but it wasn’t discovered until Mills’ arrest in January. Investigators said they realized they had a much bigger case after going through Mills’ computer and cell phones.

Mills, formerly of 184 Nicole Drive in Sanford, remained in the Harnett County jail Monday on a $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to make a first court appearance on July 28.

Three others have been arrested in the operation:

  • Elizabeth Holland Mills, 34, formerly of 184 Nicole Drive in Sanford, is charged with second degree sex exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child. She is Bailey Joe Mills’ wife. The couple has two children together, both under 18. Investigators have not said whether the children were victims of their parents’ alleged illegal activities. She remained in the Harnett County jail Monday on a $500,000 bond.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Everett Busse, 29, is charged with felony conspiracy and computer solicitation of a child. Busse is a Fort Bragg solider assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. Fort Bragg officials said they are cooperating with the investigation. Bailey Joe Mills created a chat-room application allowing Busse to talk to a 12-year-old girl, according to the Fayetteville Observer. Busse posted a $75,000 bond on June 12.
  • Rashawn Rodriguez Drake Jackson, 20, of 151 Rental Lane in Sanford, is charged with first-degree sex offense with a child and felony conspiracy. He remained in the Harnett County jail Monday on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to make a court appearance on July 8.
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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 27, 2:45 p.m.

    It’s clear that children need protecting and it’s up to us humans to provide this protection. Let’s keep the pressure on stopping these heinous crimes. Praise humanity.

  • Fuquay Resident Jun 25, 7:01 p.m.

    G'S PLAYLAND FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME
    License Number: 43000474
    526 Nicole Drive, Sanford, NC

    EVERYONE... View More

    — Posted by krimson

    I'm not sure where you got this imfo from. I can't find that license number or name on the NC Department of Health and Human Services website.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2:34 p.m.

    Ok, I have to ask.
    Was this daycare legally licensed to operate within NC?
    And secondly, did any parent who sent their child there ever ask to see the license??
    If the answer to either of these is "no," then the parents are guilty of negligence for choosing an unlicensed facility, and they should have to face charges too.
    Until this state makes it AS illegal to put a child in an unlicensed child care facility as it is to operate one within the state, and to hold parents responsible for doing so, children will be endangered.
    But then, the state does little to ensure each daycare/childcare situation IS licensed - usually only becoming involved with a child is abused or injured within one, which is like closing the barn door after the horse is long gone, and is absurd!!!
    Our FIRST priority to children should ALWAYS BE, to work to keep them as safe as is humanly possible.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 25, 12:00 p.m.

    If anyone here could have prevented this, would you? I know that I would. So, why do these things continue to happen? Where is this "superman" who protects children?

  • yankee1 Jun 25, 9:26 a.m.

    So how does a guy with three convictions on child sex charges get to open a day care center... View More

    — Posted by jgilchr

    Better question is what kind of parents send their kids off to day care without thoroughly vetting where and who they're handing them over to?

  • 1jalapeno Jun 24, 2:57 p.m.

    There are ways to make sure these people never get a chance to do this again. But, you have to care more about the victims and potential victims than you do about the perpetrators to make it work.

  • thepeopleschamp Jun 24, 1:54 p.m.

    Good thing the sheriff's office was keeping an eye on their sex offenders. *sarcasm*

    — Posted by sctech

    Did you read the part where the sheriff's office made the arrest in this case?

    — Posted by thepeopleschamp

    Sure did officer. If you were not busy busting plant growers you might have the needed resources... View More

    — Posted by Minarchist

    I'm not an officer, but I would love to hear all your expertise on what goes on inside a sheriff's office during such a serious investigation. That is if you're not to busy coloring "make it legal" protest signs.

  • vegasbabyvegas Jun 24, 12:47 p.m.

    My previous comments were not posted.

  • LetsBeFair Jun 24, 12:34 p.m.

    When someone is more interested in your child than you are ... I tell them flat out they are SUSPECT and for what reason ... they are my kids and I protect them!

  • Minarchist Jun 24, 11:56 a.m.

    Good thing the sheriff's office was keeping an eye on their sex offenders. *sarcasm*

    — Posted by sctech

    Did you read the part where the sheriff's office made the arrest in this case?

    — Posted by thepeopleschamp

    Sure did officer. If you were not busy busting plant growers you might have the needed resources for this nonsense.

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