A Bradenton man is facing capital sexual battery charges after detectives say he raped and molested a 13-year-old girl over the past five years.
Darrell B. Mills, 50, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of capital sexual battery and violation of probation. He is being held at the Manatee County jail without bond.
Mills, who is a heavy machine operator for Sarasota County government, and the victim were known to one another.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mills refused to appear before Circuit Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. for his first appearance hearing.
“The victim is alleging multiple acts of capital sexual battery,” Assistant State Attorney Julie Binkley said.
The prosecutor indicated that if formal charges are filed in the case, Mills could face at least three counts of capital sexual battery and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation based on her reading of the probable-cause affidavit. If convicted, he would face an automatic life prison sentence.
Binkley detailed Mill’s criminal history in court, which includes charges of carrying a concealed weapon, domestic battery, a sexual assault conviction from Las Vegas and convictions for two counts of giving fraudulent statement to attain employment, for which he was on probation.
“In addition, he is considered an absconder from Nevada,” Binkley said
Smith ordered Mills be held without bond and have no contact with the girl.
Details of the sexual abuse were revealed in the probable cause affidavit for Mill’s arrest.
The girl first disclosed the sexual abuse on Sunday to someone who in turn called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies arrived at the girl’s home, everyone involved was separated, and preliminary interviews were conducted.
After the girl told deputies that Mills had been molesting and raping her for the past five years, she was taken to Manatee County Children’s Services for a forensic interview, according to the report.
The abuse began when the girl was in third grade, she told investigators. As she got older, she said she realized what she was doing and didn’t like it.
“He said it was preparing me to have sex in the real world,” Detective Steven Luke reported the girl said. “He also said if he ever got me pregnant, he would take me to get an abortion.”
The girl went on to describe in detail the various ways and times she said Mills raped her beginning when she was in fifth or sixth grade. About a month ago was the last time she told investigators he had raped her.
“When I see him, I get super uncomfortable,” the girl said, according to the report.
Mills was questioned by investigators, but he denied the allegations, the report states.