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Today [Thursday 18 November 2021], 26 year old Charley Mills was sentenced to four years in prison and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years after being found guilty of sexual touching without consent. He was also sentenced to an additional one year and two months for other offences.

Mills was arrested for the offence in November 2020 when police received a 999 call from the victim after Mills had approached her and her neighbour in the parking area of her residence during the afternoon.

Mills had been drinking that day and had attended the address of his ex-partner, whilst in the block of flats he went to the basement car park and saw the female residents in the parking lot and approached them. He touched one of the women inappropriately and was pushed away. The victim, in her 70s then left the area with her neighbour and headed to her flat. Mills was seen touching himself nearby but followed them there and when the women were inside the flat they called the police.

Based on the description given to police, Mills was quickly identified and arrested at his home address the following morning. He was charged with the sexual touching of a female without consent. He pleaded not guilty and went to trial in June 2021 where he was unanimously found guilty following a three day trial.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Department, Detective Inspector Christina Maclennan said: “This incident would have been a frightening experience for both women, the fact they had to lock themselves in their property and call 999, shows how afraid they must have been. Police would like to thank the victim and the witnesses who assisted with the investigation. Their co-operation with the many aspects that investigations such as these involve was a key factor in obtaining a successful prosecution.

“We remain committed to working with our partners, especially support and advocacy services such as the SARC at Dewberry House, JAAR and the Jersey Women’s Refuge, to encourage victims of sexual crime to report such incidents.”

The States of Jersey Police have the utmost determination to investigate and prosecute all sexual offenders and we can assure victims that there are a number of agencies who are in a position to offer support and guidance, through all stages of the criminal justice process.

The updated Sexual Offences (Jersey) Law, which came into force in 2018, provides greater protection for victims and clarifies the law on consent.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at Dewberry House provides expert independent and confidential support to victims of sexual abuse. The Centre comprises of a team of experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising, supporting and treating anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. They can be reached on 01534 888222.

 

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