Crime

Harnett woman pleads guilty to federal child-porn manufacturing charge

A Harnett County woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of making child pornography, three months after her husband pleaded guilty in the same case.

Elizabeth Holland Mills, 35, was one of four people arrested in June on state charges of committing sex offenses against children.

Bailey Joe Mills, 34, and his wife were arrested at their home on Nicole Drive outside Sanford after law enforcement authorities searched their home and found videos, including one they said showed the Mills in sexual activity with an 8-year-old.

Federal officials say they also found videos made by the couple in which several children were being sexually molested, including two toddlers in their care at the time. They also found some 10,000 images of child pornography were found on the couple’s computers, as well as 100,000 images of erotic child pictures and adult pornography, federal officials said.

Elizabeth Mills pleaded guilty to one count of making child pornography and will be sentenced in February in U.S. District Court, according to a statement from the U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

She could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison, officials said.

Bailey Mills, who pleaded guilty in August, is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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