Probation officer charged with rape
June 11, 2014
A Havre juvenile probation officer is facing charges he raped the mother of one of the children he supervised.
Stephen David Mills, born in 1965, was released from jail Monday on $20,000 bond. The state Court Services Division reported this morning he is on paid administrative leave from his probation officer position.
Mills was arrested Friday night after charges were filed in court following a several-month investigation. He first was arrested in the early morning of Jan. 12 after Havre police received a call reporting a woman said she had been raped.
No initial court appearance has been scheduled pending action on a request from the prosecution for a change of judge.
According to the charging document, the woman told a Havre police officer investigating the reported rape that she had been at a Havre bar with a friend the night of Saturday, Jan. 11, and left the bar after she got into an argument with her friend.
Mills, who was her child’s probation officer, came out of the bar and offered to give her a ride to her car, she said, and she accepted. Mills then drove to his own residence rather than her car, and asked her to come inside, she told the officers.
She told the officer that “she ‘did not think anything would happen’” and that “she ‘trusted’” Mills, the document says.
Once inside, she told the officer, Mills guided her down to the basement and to his bed, then “‘shoved’ (her) down onto the bed.” He then forced her to perform oral sex and tried to have sex with her, while ordering her to tell him things such as that she loved him, the woman said.
After forcing her to perform oral sex again, she said, Mills pulled her head back by her hair then threw her down on the floor, the document says.
She thought he had passed out, so she took her clothing to the bathroom and got dressed and called a friend, she told the officer.
She said that as she was about to leave, when Mills cursed at her and asked where she thought she was going.
When the officer interviewed Mills, the document says, he denied taking the woman to his home and denied having sex with her. He confirmed that he was her child’s juvenile probation officer.
The Montana State Crime Lab analyzed samples taken during a rape examination of the woman, and samples showed that a DNA profile of one of the samples matched Mills’ DNA profile, the document says.