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Centerville man found in trash compactor after violent rape, charges say

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CENTERVILLE — Criminal charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of tying up a woman while she slept and raping her.

On Aug. 27, Jeremiah Dion Mills, 20, and a woman “had been squatting” in a Centerville trailer home, according to charging documents, when Mills tied the woman’s arms behind her back with an elastic belt while she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her.

Despite the woman’s pleas to stop, Mills told her, “So what, you said I am not changing. ... You need to accept the fact that your body is not yours,” the charges state.

Mills is also accused of choking the woman to the point she nearly blacked out and hit her head a couple of times.

After the assault, the woman attempted to call police, but Mills took the battery out of her cellphone and ran off, according to charging documents. He was found in a trash compactor of a nearby fast food restaurant by an employee.

When interviewed by police, Mills said he had gotten high on methamphetamine before sexually assaulting the woman, the charges state. During the assault the woman started to cry, so he allegedly “covered her mouth and pinched her nose to stop her from making noise.”

After running out of the trailer, Mills said he “got into the trash compactor to smoke meth. Before doing so, he ripped the power wires out so it would not turn on,” according to court documents.

Mills was charged Tuesday in 2nd District Court with aggravated kidnapping, rape, attempted forcible sodomy and object rape, all first-degree felonies; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony; plus criminal mischief, damaging a phone, and possession of drug paraphernalia, all class B misdemeanors.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 or the Utah LINKLine at 1-800-897-5465 for confidential assistance.