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Willow Spring man fifth suspect in alleged Harnett County child porn operation

Posted June 24, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014

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 – Images taken from a video of a man having sex with a woman have led authorities investigating an alleged child pornography operation in Harnett County to arrest a fifth suspect in the case.

Tommy Keith Wall, 50, of 25 River Ridge Way, Willow Spring, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree sex offense in connection with the alleged operation, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.

His arrest comes a day after investigators publicly released several photos from the video in an effort to identify him.

Investigators haven't said to what extent Wall is believed to be involved in the porn operation but said there was another video of him committing a hands-on sexual act with a child.

Four other people have previously been arrested in the case in which a home daycare and mentoring program was actually a front for child porn production.

Authorities said Bailey Joe Mills, 33, who was convicted twice on charges related to sexual contact with children, ran the operation from his home at 184 Nicole Drive near Sanford.

They believe Mills used the daycare to attract young girls to his home and to develop a relationship with their parents. He then allegedly offered the girls money to have sex with men he found through different social media sites, Harnett sheriff’s detective Bradley Byrd said.

The operation, which dates to 2013, involves about 10 male and female victims ranging from ages 1 to 14. It wasn’t discovered until Mills was arrested in January after he was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Investigators said they realized they had a much bigger case after going through Mills’ computer and cellphones.

Mills came off the sex offender registry in 2006. It’s unclear why – something that has shocked people who live in the neighborhood where the alleged crimes occurred.

“I was horrified, completely,” said Sandy McGinnis, who is president of the neighborhood’s homeowner’s association. “I have a child, and you wouldn’t think things like that go on, and we do keep track of registered sex offenders, because it’s good to know who your neighbors are. It’s terrible. There’s no other word for it.”

He was convicted in 2000 for indecent liberities with a child, which required him to register as a sex offender, receive psychological treatment and not be around children under 13.

Mills, who is charged with first-degree rape of a child, was jailed under a$500,000 secured bond at the Harnett County Detention Center, where he’s been since Jan. 6.

Three other people also face charges.

Mills’ wife, Elizabeth Holland Mills, 34, faces a charge of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child. She’s been in jail under a $500,000 bond since Jan. 10.

The couple has two children together, both under 18. Investigators have not said whether they were victims of their parents’ alleged illegal activities.

Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Everett Busse, 29, a Fort Bragg solider assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, is charged with felony conspiracy and computer solicitation of a child, a charge. According to the Fayetteville Observer, authorities say he allegedly chatted with a 12-year-old girl in a chat-room application that Bailey Mills created.

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 was in the Harnett County jail Monday on a $150,000 bond.

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  • gmuny33 Jun 25, 9:18 a.m.

    How can you be convicted 3 times of a sex crime concerning children, and be able to obtain a license to run a home daycare and mentoring operation. See people that look like him, are overlooked and believed to be good to go, while they stop and harass many others. Sanford is another Cary.

  • Anita Woody Jun 24, 4:32 p.m.

    at least that video pic is gone, a picture of a thousand words.

    — Posted by diana123

    Amen on that. That video still literally made me sick to my stomach.

  • diana123 Jun 24, 4:17 p.m.

    at least that video pic is gone, a picture of a thousand words.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 24, 3:24 p.m.

    How did they get a daycare license if the person was a registered sex offender? Or was it not... View More

    — Posted by greensburrito

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    May not have had an actual license. Though it's against the law in NC to have a daycare situation without one, people do it all the time, and because of short-staffing, etc., the perpetual problem in NC government, few get caught unless abuse or an accident, occurs within it.

    And the truth is, those with licenses generally charge more, while those without them charge less, and there are plenty of parents who won't even check for licenses or child CPR or first aid training before leaving their child with someone cheaper.

    Disgusting isn't it, that the buck saved is worth more to them than their child, but then there are some for whom that saved buck is a lifeline because they have little choice but to work minimum wage jobs which means they can't pay it all out in daycare fees.

  • kpw Jun 24, 2:44 p.m.

    CJ.....that is EXACTLY what I've been thinking this whole time.

  • Fredrick Bimmell Jun 24, 1:50 p.m.

    i was hoping he had decided to just kill himself and be done with it. Hang him wih the others!

    — Posted by JAT

    agreed

  • LetsBeFair Jun 24, 1:38 p.m.

    if convicted ... I guess its 2 yrs and back out to Disneyland right?

  • adithium2 Jun 24, 1:29 p.m.

    I have never understood why they can just put their names on a registry then get turned loose? How does that prevent them from grabbing another kid and doing it again?

  • Billy the Kid Jun 24, 1:20 p.m.

    Curious why parents don't check the sex offender list.

    — Posted by Alexia

    I check it often to see who may have recently moved near me. If someone on the registry does, then the rest of the neighborhood will be made aware.

  • greensburrito Jun 24, 1:13 p.m.

    How did they get a daycare license if the person was a registered sex offender? Or was it not licensed?

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