Hard 25: Pittsburg man sentenced, plea deal for child sex crimes

PITTSBURG, Kan. – After a plea agreement, a Pittsburg man learns his fate for sexually exploiting a child under the age of 14.

The crimes happened on November 21, 2021, in Crawford County, Kansas. Police arrested him and requested 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and 13 counts of internet trading in child pornography. According to court documents, Prosecutors charged Rex W. A. Mills with 5 counts of each.

In July of 2022, Mills accepted a plea deal. He pleaded nolo contendere, accepting conviction as though he entered a guilty plea, but not admitting guilt.

As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped 9 of the 10 charges. The remaining charge, Sexual Exploitation of a Child Under the Age of 14, is an off-grid, person-felony with a sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 25 years and a maximum fine of $500,000.

UPDATE on Sentencing: According to court documents, the sentencing imposed is a Hard 25 years in prison before he’s eligible for lifetime parole. So, Mills has to serve at least 25 years in prison before he’s eligible for parole.

Investigation into Rex Mills of Pittsburg

The Wichita, Kansas area Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force started the investigation in November of 2021. According to the Pittsburg Police Department, ICAC obtained information indicating someone had uploaded images depicting child pornography to the Internet.

The Task Force determined someone was uploading the images from an address in Pittsburg.

Pittsburg Police Department detectives took over the investigation on January 25, 2022. In a media release, they say they were able to positively identify the suspect.

In February, Police arrested Rex Mills at his home and booked him into the Crawford County Jail.

CRG-2022-CR-000055 - complaint - Rex Mills