Dover man pleads guilty in human trafficking case

 

DOVER — The fourth of five defendants in an alleged human trafficking enterprise in Dover pleaded guilty to two felonies Thursday and faces up to five years in prison when sentenced on March 14.

Jason Haith, 19, of Dover, accepted the plea agreement in Superior Court and admitted to third-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy, Three other defendants earlier pleaded guilty to charges and are also awaiting sentencing.

Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr. ordered a pre-sentence investigation into Haith’s background to assist in determining the length of incarceration to be ordered.

The defendant confirmed that he understood the plea deal and entered it willingly and was adequately represented by attorney Ronald G. Poliquin.

Third-degree promoting prostitution is a class F felony in Delaware Code and present “when the person knowingly advances or profits from prostitution.”

Jason Haith

Haith was indicted on two counts each of human trafficking and second-degree conspiracy, along with second-degree promoting prostitution and motor vehicle theft.

The Delaware State Police made five arrests in May 2017 after two 16- and 17-year-old females were allegedly solicited as prostitutes online. The meetings were supposedly arranged at Haith’s home in the 1000 block of East Lebanon Road and conducted at the Capitol Inn in Dover, according to the prosecution.

Co-defendant Donnell Singletary, 33, of Dover, is charged with two counts of human trafficking, second-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy. A final case review was postponed on Wednesday and trial is scheduled for next Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Taliesha Haith, 35, of Dover pleaded guilty 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.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (Wilmington office), and the Delaware DOJ worked with State Police in the investigation.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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