Gun-Toting Mayor Charged in Intimidation Case Staying Put

Marcus Hook mayor says he plans to serve out remaining 9 months in office

The area mayor accused of firing a gun during a drunken encounter with a man he allegedly wanted to have sex with vows he won’t quit his job.

Marcus Hook Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro told a packed borough meeting Monday night that he'll finish his term.

The meeting was the first public appearance for Schiliro, 38, since he surrendered March 21 on charges including false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person and other counts in connection with the Feb. 21 incident.

Authorities say after the man refused Schiliro's demands for a sex act.

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

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 probable 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.

At Monday’s packed meeting, Schiliro acknowledged his has a problem with alcohol, reported the Delaware County Daily Times.

“Yes, I have some problems with alcohol … I am still working on it and I am going to continue,” Schiliro said.

The paper reports a petition supporting the mayor has 212 signatures, while one calling for him to resign was signed by 75 people.

The Republican previously said he wouldn't run for re-election.

Schiliro said he planned to fight the charges as he walked out of district court last month.

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