Hearing set for last defendant in Dover human trafficking case

 

DOVER — A fifth and final defendant in an alleged Dover-based human trafficking enterprise has a plea hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Kent County Superior Court.

Donnell Singletary, 33, of Dover, is charged with two counts of human trafficking, second-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy. Four co-defendants earlier plead guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.

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 at a home in the 1000 block of East Lebanon Road and conducted at the Capitol Inn in Dover, according to the prosecution.

The Delaware State Police alleged that cell phones, text messages and online activity facilitated the coordination of prostitution activities, which included advertisements on www.backpage.com.

Donnell Singletary

Previous trial were postponed on Nov. 6, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018. Court records indicated Mr. Singletary is being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

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. Attorney John S. Malik has represented Mr. Singletary.

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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