NBC10 Philadelphia - Deanna Durante
Voters weigh in on the arrest of the mayor of Marcus Hook, Delaware County. Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro faces several charges related to an alleged late-night incident between he and a 20-year-old man inside the mayor’s home on February 22. NBC10's Deanna Durante describes what allegedly happened.
The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town is accused of using guns to intimidate and imprison a man he wanted to have sex with.
Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro, of Marcus Hook, Pa., faces several charges related to an alleged late-night incident between he and a 20-year-old man inside the mayor’s home on February 22.
Schiliro allegedly had a Marcus Hook Police officer bring the 20-year-old man to his home after contacting him over text message, according to court documents obtained by NBC10.com. Once there, the mayor had the 20-year-old drink three glasses of what he believed was wine. The mayor then asked as many as 30 times if he could perform oral sex on the man, according to the affidavit of probably cause.
The man told investigators Schiliro recklessly waved around three guns during the night – asking him if firing a gun would scare him, according to court documents. At one point, Schiliro also put a gun to his own head and told the man he didn’t want to live anymore, the affidavit states.
Schiliro eventually fired one shot into several papers on the floor and told the 20-year-old that he would be a hostage, according to court documents.
The 38-year-old mayor also allegedly told the man the Marcus Hook Police Department had been instructed to stay away from the mayor's home. The man told police he was in fear for his life and worried that if he left, police would come again to get him.
Last week, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office confiscated Schiliro's guns when they began their investigation into the shooting incident.
Schiliro is charged with crimes including false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Schiliro said he planned to fight the charges as he walked out of district court early Thursday -- cigar in hand. His attorney Michael Malloy says he's confident they will be able to prove the allegations are untrue.