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De Soto Man Convicted of Aggravated Sodomy of a Child

Friday, August 5, 2022 - 3:54pm

LAWRENCE – Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez today announced that a jury returned a guilty verdict on one count of aggravated sodomy of a child sex against Kenneth W. Mills, 35, of De Soto.

Charges stemmed from incidents occurring from 2010 through 2011, in which Mills engaged in sexual contact with a female child under his care and residing in his Lawrence home.

“My hope is that today’s verdict provides a measure of justice to the courageous survivors who came forward,” Valdez said. “This was a challenging case and I am grateful for law enforcement’s thorough investigation and for the skillful prosecution that it took to hold Kenneth Mills accountable. The victimization of those most vulnerable in our community will not be tolerated.”

The State was represented by Deputy District Attorney Joshua Seiden and Assistant District Attorney Paula Bustamante. The case was investigated by the Special Victims Unit of the Lawrence Police Department and the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

A status conference for this matter was set by District Judge Sally Pokorny for 4 p.m. on August 31, 2022 at the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center.

Mills faces a mandatory sentence of life in the Kansas Department of Corrections with no possibility for parole for 25 years.

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