Gun-Toting Mayor Held for Trial on Imprisonment Charges

Mayor vows to finish his term

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  Updated 11:53 AM EDT
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Gun-Toting Mayor Held for Trial on Imprisonment Charges

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A Delaware County mayor has been held for trial on charges he used guns to imprison and endanger a 20-year-old man in his home.

Marcus Hook Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro is charged with several crimes including false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person, providing alcohol to a minor and official oppression.

Authorities allege Schiliro, 38, had a Marcus Hook police officer bring the 20-year-old to his home on February 22 after contacting him over text message.

Once there, Schiliro allegedly gave the man what he believed was wine and then pressed the 20-year-old to engage in oral sex. An affidavit of probable cause says Schiliro asked the man 30 times if he could perform the sex act on him.

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After the man repeatedly denied the requests, a drunk Schrilio allegedly pulled out three guns -- shooting one into the floor, waving another in the air and threatening to kill himself.

The Republican dropped his bid for re-election after his March arrest, but is vowing to finish his term. He declined comment after Tuesday's hearing.

Schiliro's attorney, Michael Malloy, says the alleged victim arrived at the house voluntarily and had opportunities to leave.

However, the affidavit stated Schiliro told the man he had instructed the Marcus Hook Police Department to stay away form the home.

A formal arraignment is scheduled for May 29.

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