Dover man gets two years for human trafficking

DOVER — A 33-year-old Dover man received two years in prison Monday morning after pleading guilty to his role in a human trafficking organization that resulted in four earlier convictions.

Donnell Singletary admitted to human trafficking of a minor and second-degree conspiracy, both felonies, and faced up to 27 years for both crimes.

Superior Court Judge Noel Primos accepted the Delaware Department of Justice’s recommended term, which also includes six months of Level IV home confinement following prison and then a year of Level III probation.

Before sentencing, Singletary expressed remorse for his actions and people he associated with and claimed to realize the fallout would remain as he moves forward in life. Judge Primos expressed hope that the rehabilitative affect of courts and prisons would allow him to do so positively.

Defense attorney John Malik described the plea agreement as “heavily negotiated.”

Singletary was credited with time served since May 19, 2017 and was listed in court documents as being incarcerated at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Donnell Singletary

According to Delaware State Police, Singletary participated in an operation orchestrated in a home in the 1000 block of East Lebanon Road in Dover and executed at the Capitol Inn. Investigators alleged that a missing 16-year-old girl was reportedly being advertised as a prostitute via the www.backpage.com website, according to her foster parent.

Four co-defendants earlier plead guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.

Judge Primos ordered Singletary to register as a Tier II sex offender (moderate risk), pay court and prosecution costs, have no contact with the victim or co-defendants, undergo a mental health screening and follow applicable recommendations, among other stipulations. He may not have any unsupervised contact with minors other than his 1-year-old daughter.
Previous trial were postponed on Nov. 6, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018.

Earlier, Jason Haith, 19, of Dover, plead guilty to third-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy,
Taliesha Haith, 35, of Dover admitted to second-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy. She faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced on Feb. 28.

Also awaiting sentencing on related charges are co-defendant Smyrna residents Austin White and Jessica Hutkin.
Prosecuting the case is Deputy Attorney General Periann Doko, the commander of the Delaware Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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