Suspected child-lurer has trial date set

Rosie Mullaley
Published on January 31, 2014
Sean Patrick Mills, who is accused of luring girls on the Internet, is shown in Newfoundland provincial court.
— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A Paradise man suspected of trying to lure young girls over the Internet will go to trial in May.

Sean Patrick Mills was not in provincial court in St. John’s this morning when his case was called. Instead, the 31-year-old, who is not in custody, was represented by his lawyer, Rosellen Sullivan.

Sullivan and Crown prosecutor Kathleen O’Reilly agreed to schedule the trial for May 5-6.

Judge David Orr will be on the bench.

Mills has pleaded not guilty to four charges of child luring for a sexual purpose using a computer. Two of the charges relate to children under the age of 16, while two others relate to children under 18.

However, the children were actually undercover RNC officers who were posing as young girls on Facebook and Hotmail.

The officers, from the RNC’s child exploitation unit, began the investigation in March 2012.

The offences are said to have occurred between March 20 and May 22, 2012.

Mills was remanded into custody, but was released on bail shortly after his arrest.