Knox County deputy arrested on rape charges

Knox County deputy arrested on rape charges

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Dennis MIlls Jr. (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Dennis MIlls Jr. (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

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POWELL (WATE) - A Knox County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant was arrested in connection with a rape investigation on Tuesday afternoon.  

Dennis Mills, Jr., 43, was indicted on a number of charges, including rape of a child and statutory rape by an authority figure.

He was arrested without incident on Tuesday following a month-long investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Knox County Sheriff's Office.  

According to Knox County court records, the girl approached her mother just before midnight on March 3, crying. She told her mother Mills had been forcing her to have sex with him for over a year.

According to court records she also told her mother the defendant told her she would be taken away from her mother if she told and no one would believe her.

TBI was then contacted and the investigation began.

According to his personnel file, Mills was hired by the Knox County Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer in 1994.

He became a certified law enforcement officer in 1996. He was promoted to a patrol lieutenant in 2000.

All reviews were positive until the investigation began on March 4.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation and placed him on administrative leave without pay at that point.

KCSO says they terminated Mills Tuesday.

He was originally being held in the Knox County Detention Facility, but Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones decided to move Mills to the Blount County Jail to avoid any appearance of favoritism. He is being held there on a $250,000 bond.

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