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Willow Spring man makes first court appearance on child sex charges

Posted June 25, 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.

LILLINGTON – A Willow Spring man accused of raping a child shook his head in court Wednesday as a Harnett County District Court judge read the criminal charges against him.

Tommy Keith Wall, 50, was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape of a child, first-degree sex offense against a child and felony conspiracy in connection with an alleged child pornography operation involving four other people also facing charges in the case.

In court documents, investigators say the alleged leader of the setup, Bailey Joe Mills, used his home near Sanford to run an unlicensed daycare and mentoring program and lured children to the home.

Mills faces more than a dozen charges, including five counts each of statutory rape and statutory sexual offense, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and first-degree rape of a child.

Court records show he was also convicted in Wake County in 1997 and 2000 of charges of indecent liberties with a child and was on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry until 2011, when a judge granted his petition to be removed from the database.

The judge’s findings included that he was not a threat to public safety and that he had been on the registry for 10 years and had not been arrested or convicted of any other offenses.

State law allows a convicted sex offender to petition the Superior Court to terminate a registration requirement.


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  • 678devilish Jun 27, 2014

    50 years old he knew right from wrong. But parents are responsible too in where they should leave their underage children/babies in the care of someone. How well do they know the owner, staff? Was there a reason for this man to be at the day care? Why was this child not being watched at all time like the other children? Its no excuse for that. Now the state should step in an go through day care with a fine tooth comb. All working there is just as guilty as this 50 year old man. They played a major part too. This child should have never be rape or harmed in any way. I am praying he will get life in prison. I hope the child will be OK in time. But the parents should find another decent day care for their child. This particular day care should be shut down. PERIOD!!

  • Donald Holder Jun 25, 2014
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    I am not sure where KIRMSON got this from. That license number or name doesn't show up on the NC Department of Health and Human Services webpage.

  • glarg Jun 25, 2014

    KRIMSON posted this yesterday:

    License Number: 43000474
    526 Nicole Drive, Sanford, NC
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/share/page/1896337/?id=13758447#IwzExeMZfzCfdwGD.99

  • wifeofa31sierra Jun 25, 2014

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    Actually there are some situations in which you can do child care without a license:

    Who is regulated by the Division of Child Development and Early Education?

    If you are caring for more than two children who aren't related to you for more than four hours a day, you might need to be licensed. If you do not meet any of the exemption scenarios provided below, then you need to apply for a license.


  • ashewing Jun 25, 2014

    Ok, I'm wrong. My bad. But I do know for a fact when my daughter was in an in-home daycare (granted this was 17 years ago) the lady that kept her, only kept two other children, in addition to her own biological child for a total of 4. She was told she didn't need to have a liscense. I did all of the reasearch and back ground checks to be as sure as I could on my end (there's never a 100% anything) my daughter would be in a safe environment. I guess things have changed and rightfully so. However, I am sure there are people who "keep kids" in their home unliscensed.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    All daycares, including in-home ones, must be licensed, regardless of the number of children that attend.

    The problem is, inadequate staffing at DHHS generally means they go unnoticed until a child is reported abused or injured within one.

  • Chplhill Jun 25, 2014

    This guy has a Facebook page. It is FILLED with nothing but scripture and biblical quotes. Very bizarre.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 25, 2014

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    I owned and operated a daycare for over 10 years.

    It is illegal to operate an unlicensed daycare, regardless the number of children in it, unless they are relations.

    Within the law, a normal sized home may have a licensed daycare within it of up to 5 below school aged children.

    There may be additional children above school age (kindergarten and above) number no more than three, I believe.

    And all those numbers include the sitters own children. So for each child the sitter has, their paying customers must decrease by one.

  • ashewing Jun 25, 2014

    According to DHHS there was no liscense to operate a day care. In NC you can operate a day care as long as you have less than x amount of kids. I don't know what that number is. So there are MANY daycares operating in NC that are not liscensed.

  • Joe Simpson Jun 25, 2014
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    "...used his home near Sanford to run an unlicensed daycare and mentoring program..."