Shelby man enters plea in sexual assault cases


June 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Shelby, Iowa, man entered a plea of “No contest” Friday in Douglas County, NE, District court, to two felony charges of sexual assault and one felony charge of use of a weapon.

45-year old Todd Mills had originally plead not guilty to eight charges ranging from sexual assault to kidnapping. In exchange for his plea to three felony charges, prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining charges.

Prosecutors said Mills picked up four women in Omaha and at gunpoint drove them across the river into Iowa to an isolated road. He then allegedly beat and sexually assaulted them. In one case, Mills used a gun to force a woman her into a car before forcing her to commit sexual acts on him.  DNA evidence linked him to three of the four sexual assaults that date back to 2008.

Mills’ sentencing was set for September 9th. Prosecutors said even when the case is settled,  additional charges could be filed against Mills in Pottawattamie County.