BLACKFOOT — A Shelley man was sentenced to prison Monday for raping a 16-year-old girl multiple times over the course of several years.
Arynn Millus, 21, was arrested in December after the victim’s 12-year-old sister walked in on him sexually assaulting the victim at their home.
Millus was charged with sexual battery committed by lewd or lascivious acts on a minor child 16 to 17 years of age. The charge was reduced by a plea agreement to child sexual abuse by causing or having sexual contact with a minor under 16 years of age.
District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Millus to a five-year fixed prison sentence with 15 years indeterminate. Simpson rejected a request by defense attorney James Archibald for probation or retained jurisdiction.
Bingham County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Paul Rogers said Millus had been uncooperative during supervision for a 2012 disturbing the peace offense in Gem County.
“The impression I got from that is supervision is not going to work,” Rogers said.
Rogers also cited the severity of the crime and the betrayal of the victim’s trust as reasons the sentence needed to include prison time.
“This can’t be a slap-on-the-wrist kind of punishment,” Rogers said.
Millus gave a brief statement, telling the judge he would never repeat the crime and asked for forgiveness.
Simpson cited the presentence investigation and psychosexual evaluation in his sentencing, referencing testing that found Millus needed mental health treatment and that he had several psychopathic tendencies, struggling to empathize with others or understand how his actions impacted the victim. The presentence investigator found that Millus blamed the victim for his actions, showed hostility toward women and called his relationship with the victim “normal.”
“You appear to do what you want with a lack of empathy,” Simpson said.
Simpson also was critical of how the victim’s family handled the situation, citing that the victim had reported the abuse to her mother two years ago and that nothing happened. Millus had been staying with the family at the time of the incident.
A probable cause affidavit states the family reported the incident to a member of their church’s bishopric, and that one of the family member’s asked that the incident be kept within the church. The church official said that wasn’t possible and contacted the Shelley Police Department.
In addition to prison time, Millus will have to pay $3,000 in fines, a $5,000 civil penalty to the victim and register as a sex offender.
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