A New Castle man arrested as part of a statewide human trafficking sting in Ohio has been convicted in a Mahoning County Courtroom.

A jury on Thursday found 36-year-old Jarod Mills guilty on one count of importuning. Under Ohio law is soliciting someone for sex acts.

Mills' bond was revoked, and as of Friday morning, he remained in the Mahoning County jail awaiting sentencing.

In October 2020, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that federal, state, and local law enforcement had rescued 109 human trafficking victims, including 45 children, in a statewide anti-human trafficking operation called “Operation Autumn Hope”.

Mills was among 14 men arrested in Mahoning County and accused of sex crimes against children.

As of Friday no sentencing date had been scheduled for Mills.