Smyrna woman sentenced to 2 years for role in human trafficking operation


DOVER — A Smyrna woman was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday morning for her role in a 2017 Dover-area human trafficking operation, becoming the third of five defendants to learn their fate.

Jessica A. Hutkin, 34 years old when arrested last year, earlier pleaded guilty to human trafficking and second-degree conspiracy. She faced the possibility of up to 25 years incarceration in the felony case.

Kent County Superior Court Judge Noel Primos also ordered a year of Level IV probation following prison release, and then two years of Level III. Hutkin must complete a Key Village drug treatment program while incarcerated.

The sentencings of Taliesha Haith and Jason Haith remain. Dover resident Donnell Singletary earlier received two years in prison and Smyrna resident Austin White got a year’s probation.

Jessica A. Hutkin

The case involved two 16- and 17-year-old females advertised online for prostitution services, the Delaware State Police said when announcing the arrests. The supposed meetings were arranged at a residence in the 1000 block of East Lebanon Road and conducted at Capitol Inn in Dover, authorities said investigation found.

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

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