Skellytown sex offender running for city council

Skellytown sex offender running for city council

NewsChannel 10

Skellytown, Texas - Just last week, several candidates threw their hats into the race for Skellytown city council, and not long after, NewsChannel 10 was contacted by concerned citizens about one of those candidates, a man with a checkered past.

He is a former mayor of Skellytown, forced to resign five years ago when residents got wind of his history.

Now Warren "Red" Mills is running for public office once again, this time for city council, an announcement that has shocked many.

Resident Terrie Cochran questions, "How could you run for a public office like that? Why would you want to be in the public eye, especially after you have already been asked to resign?"
That's because Mills is a registered sex offender.

He is said to have had sexual contact with both an eight-year-old female and a 16-year-old female in Hutchinson County.

He pleaded guilty to the 1995 incident in April 2007, but received deferred adjudication, meaning he was not convicted but given a five year probation instead.

He also served one year for sexual contact without consent, a misdemeanor, in a Las Animas County, Colorado jail.

Which is why some Skellytown residents are saying him running for a public office is inappropriate.

Cochran explains, "There are a lot of things that need to be done for our town that concern our parks and things that are pertaining to our kids and our future, why would you want to jeopardize that?"

But despite his history, Warren "Red" Mills still has quite a few supporters in Skellytown. We talked with several residents today, who declined to go on camera, but say they will be voting for him and they believe he will win.

Resident Randy Ruth says, "He was the mayor of the town at one time and he did a good job. He has worked in the community and he does different things for the community. I think he would be good for it."

He believes the sex offender charges are nothing to worry about, "He has done his time and fulfilled every obligation of the law. I have no problem with it."

We went to Mills' home, where he declined to go on camera, but he says those charges are behind him.

He tells us he has not violated his probation and has gone through treatment.

We were unable to reach the mayor, but another city representative tells us Mills is legally allowed to run for the position because he does not have a felony conviction.

Mills is running against three other people, for three open city council seats. That election is on May 12th.

Mills' probation ends in April.