Smyrna man gets probation in human trafficking case


DOVER — A Smyrna man received one year of probation Tuesday morning for his part in a Dover area human trafficking organization last year, the Delaware Department of Justice said.

Austin White was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Clark in Kent County Superior Court on a second-degree conspiracy conviction. Four other defendants have either been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing on related charges.

Dover resident Taliesha Haith’s sentencing was continued until March 14. She pleaded guilty to second-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy and faces up to seven years in prison.

Mr. White was 19 years old when arrested on May 19, 2017 and Ms. Haith was 34. They were both initially charged with human trafficking-sexual servitude, second-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy.

Austin White

Also charged in the case were Jason Haith, 18, of Dover, Jessica A. Hutkin, 34, of Smyrna, and Donnell Singletary, 32, of Dover.

The case involved two 16- and 17-year-old females advertised online for prostitution services, the Delaware State Police said when announcing the arrests.

Prosecuting the case is Deputy Attorney General Periann Doko, the commander of the Delaware Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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