Police: Smyrna woman arranged meetings in human trafficking case

 

DOVER — An underage female told police she was allegedly paid for five or six sexual encounters at the Capitol Inn in Dover, then gave the cash to a 34-year-old Smyrna woman who supposedly arranged the meetings, according to an arrest affidavit filed by police on Saturday.

The encounters came after Jennifer A. Hutkin allegedly took phone calls in the motel room asking about an online advertisement www.backpage.com, according to court documents. Police believed Ms. Hutkin was joined in the room by alleged co-conspirators Jason Haith, 18, of Dover, and Austin White, 19, of Smyrna, the Delaware State Police wrote in the affidavit.

A trip to the Hilton in Milford allegedly followed, investigators claimed, and an $80 payment followed another supposed sexual encounter. Ms. Hutkin allegedly rented a room there, authorities said.

On Friday, police claimed, Ms. Hutkin allegedly took a call while at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles and then traveled with the juvenile, Mr. Haith and Mr. White to the Shamrock Motel in Camden.

“On the way, Jessica Hutkin made or received a call and she asked the caller if they were law enforcement,” according to police in the affidavit.

Ms. Hutkin, Mr. White and Mr. Haith were arrested without incident during a traffic stop on Friday, police said. The were traveling in a Hyundai Sonata reported stolen in Philadelphia on April 6, authorities said. Ms. Hutkin said she had rented the car, according to court documents.

Jessica A. Hutkin

In a post-Miranda interview, police said in documents, Ms. Hutkin allegedly told investigators that an underage female “recently got kicked out of (redacted) by Taliesha Haith and Donnell Singletary because she heard the victim was being lazy and not making enough money.”

Austin White

Dover residents Taliesha Haith, 34, and Donnell Singletary, 32, were arrested at Jason Haith’s residence in the 1000 block of East Lebanon Road, police said. Taliesha Haith is Jason Haith’s mother and Mr. Singletary’s sister, according to authorities.

According to police, a detective viewed a backpage listing that stated “beautiful, petite and loves to have fun. Amazing at everything I do!!!. Serious inquiries only …”

Jason Haith

Mr. Haith and Ms. Hutkin were both charged with human trafficking – sexual servitude, second-degree promoting prostitution, receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy. They were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover and each held by the Delaware Department of Correction on $34,000 secured bonds.

Taliesha Haith

Ms. Haith, Mr. Singletary, and Mr. White were all charged with human trafficking – sexual servitude, second-degree promoting prostitution, and second-degree conspiracy. Following arraignment at JP Court 7, the trio was transferred to the custody of the DOC on $32,000 secured bonds each.

Police announced the arrests Monday and said little information would be released to protect the alleged victims and due to “the sensitivity of the case.”

The alleged victims were turned over to the Division of Family Services for their safety, police said.

Donnell Singletary

Authorities asked any potential victims or persons with information to contact Detective M. Weinstein at 698-8443 or Troop 3 Major Crimes Unit at 698-8434. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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