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DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES ARREST IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE; DEFENDANT WAS EMPLOYED BY THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES

Media, PA- Delco DA Jack Stollsteimer today announced the arrest of Candace Talley, 27, of Sicklerville, New Jersey on human trafficking, promoting prostitution and related charges stemming from her exploitation of a woman whose children were in foster care, and whose Children and Youth Services case was being managed by the defendant. DA Stollsteimer said, “It is truly horrible, and beyond imagination, that someone who is responsible for ensuring the welfare of children would pressure their mother into acts of prostitution for her own personal enrichment, and with the promise of a favorable custody recommendation, as this defendant is charged with doing.”

The defendant was taken into custody this morning by members of the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division and was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Phillip S. Turner, Jr. Bail was set at $25,000, unsecured, with home monitoring. The facts alleged in the criminal complaint describe her role in an extensive prostitution ring as enlisting women to work as prostitutes, driving them to and from jobs, and receiving in excess of twenty-five percent of the proceeds of the illegal activity of the women she recruited. Talley is also accused of promising the victim that she would falsify any drug tests to ensure a favorable recommendation regarding the children's’ placement.

Talley, pictured on this page, is charged with:

18.5902(b3) - Felony of the third degree (1 count) – Promoting Prostitution- Encourage Prostitution
18.2906(a4) – Misd. first degree (1 count) – Coerce/Threat of Official Act
18.3011(a1) – Felony second degree (1 count) – Trafficking in Individuals – recruit/entice/solicit
18.3011(a2) – Felony second (degree 1 count) – Trafficking in Individuals – financial benefit
18.5301( 2) – Misc. second degree (1 count) – Official Oppression – deny rights/privilege
18.0911(b3) – Felony first degree (1 count) – Corrupt Organizations

DA Stollsteimer concluded by saying, “I want to thank the hardworking members of my staff, Sgt. Robin Clark, Det. Mark Bucci, and Special Victims Unit Chief Christopher Boggs, who worked tirelessly to investigate this case and bring the defendant to answer to these charges.”

The District Attorney and the Criminal Investigations Division remind anyone in Delaware County who observes suspicious activity call to 911 immediately and provide the most specific and accurate details possible to assist law enforcement agencies investigating the call for service.

For more information contact:
ADA Diane Edbril, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 610-246-2000

 

TWO SUSPECTS APPREHENDED, STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED IN JOINT EFFORT OF BROOKHAVEN POLICE AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Media, PA- On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, a joint operation of the Brookhaven Police Department and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office resulted in the arrest of two individuals on residential burglary and related charges. The burglaries were of two unoccupied homes in close proximity to one another. The crimes occurred on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and again on Tuesday, January 14,
2020, during the evening hours, in the area of Susan Lane and Edgewood Avenue.

The Brookhaven Police Department, with the assistance of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division, vigorously investigated these incidents, fielded teams and apprehended suspects. Chief Matthew Kurten of the Brookhaven Police Department said, “We are pleased to announce the arrest two (2) responsible individuals on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.” The defendants and charges are as follows:

Defendant #1

Christopher Jiménez, 18-year-old male, from Chester, PA, held on $100,000 cash bail

 

Defendant #2

Name withheld, a 15-year-old juvenile from Chester, PA
Charges: Burglary (2 counts);
Conspiracy to Commit Burglary;
Criminal Trespass (2 counts);
Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Trespass (2 counts);
Theft (3 counts);
Conspiracy to Commit Theft;
Receiving Stolen Property (3 counts);
Possession of Instrument of Crime (2 counts);
Conspiracy to Possess Instrument of Crime.

Chief Kurten continued, “Many of the stolen items were recovered and were or will be returned to the rightful owners. This investigation is ongoing in an attempt to recover all proceeds and bring all perpetrators to justice, if our investigation reveals that others exist. We will provide updates to the public at the appropriate time should they be needed.” Chief James Nolan of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division said, “This was
my first opportunity to work with Chief Kurten. Our office looks forward to closing out this case and working with the Brookhaven PD again in the future.”

Jack Stollsteimer, District Attorney of Delaware County, stated, “This is a perfect example of how the close and effective coordination between my office’s Criminal Investigation Division and local police departments leads to increased public safety, The Delco DA and the Brookhaven Police Department remind anyone who observes suspicious activity call to 911 immediately and provide the most specific and accurate details possible to assist law enforcement agencies investigating the call for service.

 

For more information contact:
Brookhaven Police Chief Matthew Kurten, 610-876-6142
ADA Diane Edbril, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 610-246-2000

District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer Takes Office Jan. 6 and Implements Reforms

OFFICE OF THE DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYMedia, PA - Jack Stollsteimer was sworn in on Jan. 6 as Delaware County District Attorney and immediately implemented reforms designed to make Delaware County residents and communities safer by creating new proactive investigative and prosecution units focused on combating gun violence, protecting communities from environmental hazards, and protecting the rights of workers from unscrupulous employers.

“As I promised during my campaign, my priority is to use the resources of the DA’s office, working collaboratively with our partners in law enforcement, to protect residents while ensuring fair and equal justice for all in the diverse community that we call Delco,” said Stollsteimer. “I’m deeply grateful to the voters who elected me to this office, and honored to be entrusted with the task of protecting them, their families and neighbors.”

Immediately following the Induction, Stollsteimer implemented office-wide ethics reforms to insure staff devote their legal practice exclusively to their county jobs, receive prior approval for any part-time outside employment that does not conflict with their sworn duties, and resign from their county position before seeking elected office.

DA Stollsteimer was elected in November 2019 on a ten (10) point “Smart on Crime” platform. The three (3) new units and the Ethics policies represent four (4) points from that platform.

Stollsteimer is the first Democrat elected Delaware County District Attorney in the modern history of the county.

District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer was administered the Oath of Office by Delaware County President Judge Kevin F. Kelly. His introduction was by Joseph M. Torsella, Treasure of Pennsylvania. The presentation of the Certificate of Election was done by Robert W. O’Donnell, and the Bible was held by his children John and Sarah Stollsteimer.

The invocation was given by Delaware County Sheriff Reverend Jerry L. Sanders. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Martin Costella, Commander of the Wayne American Legion Post 418 and the National Anthem was performed by the Upper Darby High School Encore Singers.

District Attorney Stollsteimer Ends Retail Theft Prosecution of David Sheppard

OFFICE OF THE DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

OFFICE OF THE DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYAfter just one full day in office, new DA implements reform

Media, Pa – During a press conference held on Jan. 8, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer announced he is dropping a 27-year-old retail theft case against David Sheppard, a Philadelphia man whose life sentence on an unrelated case was recently commuted by Governor Thomas W. Wolf. Stollsteimer’s predecessor, District Attorney Kat Copeland, kept Mr. Sheppard in custody after his commutation by insisting on his transfer to Delaware County on the retail theft case. After much public criticism, Copeland relented and agreed to the release of Mr. Sheppard on unsecured bail.

After serving just one full day in office, DA Stollsteimer is working to implement reforms and began with a case which garnered national attention and public criticism.

“The further prosecution of Mr. Sheppard for the theft of a pair of jeans almost thirty years ago would be a miscarriage of justice and an absolute waste of taxpayer's resources,” said Stollsteimer. “This prosecution was pursued as a political stunt by the outgoing DA and that ends today.”

David Sheppard served 25 years in prison for his role as a lookout in the 1992 robbery of Love’s Pharmacy in Philadelphia, during which an accomplice shot and killed a man.

The Delaware County case Stollsteimer is declining to prosecute dates to 1992: a retail theft involving five pairs of jeans, worth a total of $324.95, allegedly stolen from a now-defunct store Jeans West. DA Copeland’s argument for detaining Mr. Sheppard after his commutation was that it was incumbent upon him to seek to come to Delaware County to resolve the retail theft case during the 25 years he was in state custody serving a life sentence.

District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer was elected in November 2019 and took office on January 6, 2020.

 

JACK STOLLSTEIMER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063

(610) 891-4168

Released: January 8, 2020