Gun-Toting Mayor Guilty in Drunken, Sex-Fueled Imprisonment Case - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Gun-Toting Mayor Guilty in Drunken, Sex-Fueled Imprisonment Case



    Marcus Hook Mayor convicted in gun-toting sex captivity case. (Published Friday, Nov. 15, 2013)

    A Delaware County mayor has been convicted of all counts in connection with a drunken, armed encounter with a 20-year-old man he propositioned for sex at his home.

    Marcus Hook Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro, 39, was convicted Friday by a jury that deliberated about three hours on charges including providing alcohol to a minor, official oppression, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

    The Republican dropped his bid for re-election after his March arrest, but has vowed to finish his term. He declined comment after his conviction.

    The charges stem from an encounter that took place in February.

    Authorities allege Schiliro gave the man three glasses of wine before asking the young man to perform a sex act and becoming distraught when he refused.

    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, an affidavit stated.

    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 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.

    Sentencing has been set for Jan. 13, 2014.