Hutchinson man accused of taking a photo under girl's dress in local grocery

By The News staff
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Prosecutors have charged a Hutchinson man with felony breach of privacy for allegedly taking a photo with his phone under a teen girl's dress inside a Dillon’s store.

The incident occurred on Aug. 16 in the store at 725 E. Fourth, police said, but it took a while to identify the suspect, which was done via tips to a post on Facebook.

“The 14-year-old female was shopping at Dillon's when the male subject, later identifed as Colton Mills, entered the aisle with a camera and basically held it under her dress and took a picture,” said Hutchinson Police Lt. Dustin Loepp.

“She didn’t know who he was,” Loepp said. “We retrieved surveillance video and put a still on Facebook and received tips on who it was.”

After being identified, detectives interviewed Mills at the police station, but the jail was unable to take him in that day, so officers filed a long-form complaint with the District Attorney’s office, and Mills was later arrested on a warrant, Loepp said.

He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled for a status hearing on Oct. 12 to see if he retained an attorney, court records show.

The charge, as filed, is a severity level 8 felony on the state’s sentencing grid, carrying presumptive probation for someone with little or no criminal record.