DOJ announces convictions in sex offense, drug, firearms cases

DOVER — On Friday, the Delaware Department of Justice announced several recent convictions in Superior Court including, among others:

• A 36-year-old man from Dresden, Maine faces 8 to 100 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl in a Delaware motel in 2015. Deputy Attorney General John Donahue secured a guilty plea from James Allen to three counts of third-degree rape and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

In February 2015, Allen was arrested when State Troopers went to the Comfort Inn on U.S. 113 in Georgetown and found a girl who had been reported as a runaway, the DOJ said. Allen said the two met on social media and agreed to meet in Delaware. Allen is scheduled for sentencing before Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes in January.

• A 21-year-old Clayton man faces up to 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual offenses against three young children. Deputy Attorney General Jan van Amerongen secured the plea from Anthony Rodriguez, to sexual solicitation of a child, and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision.

James Allen

James Allen

While working as a teacher at the Kidz Inc. Academy day care in Newark during the summer of 2015, according to the DOJ, Rodriguez kissed and touched the young children. He will be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Eric Davis on Nov. 15.

• Deputy Attorneys General Lindsay Taylor secured a guilty plea from Kevin McDonald, 43, of Magnolia, who pleaded guilty to two counts of drug Dealing Tier 4 cocaine and one count of attempted drug dealing Tier 4 cocaine.

In the summer of 2015 during an investigation by State Police, the DOJ said, McDonald sold cocaine to undercover police officers on two separate occasions, and, police were able to intercept a mail delivery of more than 210 grams of cocaine.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

McDonald was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clark to six years in prison, followed by a year of probation.

• Deputy Attorney General Nicole Hartman secured a guilty verdict against Jamarr Cannon, 33, of Dover for possession of firearm ammunition by a person prohibited.

During the summer of 2013, Cannon was the subject of a Dover Police Department drug investigation, the DOJ said. In August, police executing a search warrant at an apartment on Courtside Drive in Dover, found Cannon inside with drugs, weapons, and ammunition.

Kevin McDonald

Kevin McDonald

Due to a previous conviction for cocaine trafficking, Cannon is prohibited from having a firearm or ammunition, and will face up to eight years in prison when sentenced in Kent County Superior Court.

Jamarr Cannon

Jamarr Cannon

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