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District Attorney Stollsteimer And U.S.Marshal Gartner Announce A $15,000 Reward For Information Regarding Murder Of A Child In Chester

Media, PA – Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer and U.S. Marshal

Eric Gartner today announced a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the April 5 shooting death of seven-year-old Sinsir Parker. The reward is being jointly offered and administered by the Philadelphia Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley and the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

At approximately 9:00 pm on Sunday, April 5, Sinsir Parker was killed in a shooting incident that occurred near the 2600 block of Swarts Street in Chester’s Highland Gardens neighborhood.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates the commitment of local law enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service to solve this senseless crime”, said Stollsteimer. “This is a unique reward, it does not require the conviction of any person(s). What we need is information,” he continued. “The murder of this young man is a devastating loss to his family and friends, and also to the larger community. It is critical that we bring those responsible to justice.”

“Any loss of life from violence is a tragedy,” stated U.S. Marshal Gartner, “but when the violence strikes a young child, it is truly heartbreaking. We must join together to
solve this crime – and demonstrate our collective resolve in reducing violence in Chester and the surrounding communities.”

The District Attorney stated that the Criminal Investigation Division has committed $10,000 to the reward fund, while the U.S. Marshals’ office has committed $5,000.
The Citizens Crime Commission will administer the reward. Any person with information should contact the Citizens Crime Commission Tip line at 215-546-TIPS (8477) or the U.S. Marshals’ Tip line at 866-865-TIPS(8477). All callers will remain anonymous.

For press inquiries, please contact Margie McAboy, Public Information Officer, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 610-891-8598, or Robert Clark of the U.S. Marshals Service at 215-783-4548.

Child Rapist Convicted On All Counts, Teamwork Credited With Bringing Defendant To Justice Promptly After Initial Outcry

Media, PA- Delco DA Jack Stollsteimer announced the conviction yesterday of Aaron Thomas for Rape of a Child and related charges after a jury trial before Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr.

The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Danielle S. Gallaher of the Special Victims Unit. DA Stollsteimer praised Gallaher and the others who helped conduct the investigation and support the victim. “From the moment the victim disclosed this shocking activity, up to and including the jury verdict, her family members and a team of hard-working professionals came together to bring this child rapist to justice. In addition to ADA Gallaher, I want to acknowledge Danetta Green of Women Against Rape, and Officers Jen Jones and Robert Graves of the Chester Police Department’s Juvenile Division, in particular.”

The abuse began when the victim was only nine years old, and continued for three years. She disclosed it for the first time in late 2018, when she was thirteen years old. The defendant was the boyfriend of the victim’s aunt, and the abuse occurred in the home of the victim’s grandmother. Thomas was convicted of:

18 Pa.C.S. Section 3121(c) Rape of a Child

18 Pa.C.S. Section 3123(b) Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse

18 Pa.C.S. Section 3124.1 Sexual Assault

18 Pa.C.S. Section 3126(a)(7) Indecent Assault of a Child Less than 13

18 Pa.C.S. Section 6301(a)(1)(i) Corruption of Minors

He was remanded following the verdict, and will be sentenced on April 27, 2020.

DA Stollsteimer continued, “This case reminds us that when the community rallies its resources justice is promptly achieved. I urge all victims of sexual violence to speak up and reach out. We are all here to help you.”

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.

Contact: ADA Diane Edbril, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 484-845-4723

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Suspect In Last Sunday’s Fatal Shooting In Chester In Custody

Media, PA- Delco DA Jack Stollsteimer announced today that the suspect wanted for last Sunday’s murder in Chester turned himself in on charges of homicide and weapons offenses. "I am thankful to announce that defendant Matthew Hightower surrendered peacefully this afternoon to County Detectives. The charges brought against him today begin the process of our seeking justice for the victim of this completely senseless crime. My thanks to the Chester Police Department and our office's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) for working collaboratively to protect the community."

Hightower, 36, of Chester, PA, was arraigned before District Judge Wilden Horace Davis, and remanded to George W. Hill Correctional Facility. He is charged with:

18 Pa.S.C. Section 2501(a) Criminal Homicide

18 Pa.S.C. Section 2502(a) Murder of the First Degree

18 Pa.S.C. Section 2502(c) Murder of the Third Degree

18 Pa.S.C. Section 6105(a) Person Not to Possess, Use, ect. Firearms

18 Pa.S.C. Section 6106(a)(1) Firearms Not to Be Carried Without a License

18 Pa.S.C. Section 907(b) Possession of a Weapon

Hightower, previously convicted of a crime in 2010, is prohibited from possessing a firearm, which was the type of weapon alleged to have been used in the killing on Sunday.

The District Attorney and the Criminal Investigation 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.


Contact: ADA Diane Edbril, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 484-845-4723

Delco Da Announces Charges Against Media Lawyer On Multiple Counts Of Child Pornography

Media, PA- Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today announced the arrest of prominent local attorney Patrick Francis Lomax, 42, on multiple counts of child pornography, stemming from his surreptitious recording, using hidden cameras inside his own home, of several teens engaged in sexual activity.

“The facts alleged in this case,” Stollsteimer said, "violate every standard of propriety we expect from adults who live in households with children. Lomax lived with Victim #1’s mother, hid video equipment in this young person’s room, and then eavesdropped on intimate activity engaged in by the Victim #1 and eight (8) additional victims, all of who had no idea that their privacy was being violated in this way.”

Stollsteimer continued, “In addition to the horrible details our investigation uncovered is the fact that Lomax is an attorney here in the county, with a practice that includes a large number of criminal matters in this very Courthouse. He held himself out as standing up for justice, all the while engaging in the appalling conduct alleged in the complaint.”
Stollsteimer concluded by saying, “I want to express my appreciation to Officer Nicole Young of the Media Police Department, who immediately brought this matter to my office’s attention, and to our CID investigators, as well as to Special Victims Unit Chief Chris Boggs, who all worked quickly to obtain search warrants that led to the defendant’s arrest and prevented victimization of additional members of the community.


Lomax surrendered to the District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division this morning, and was arraigned by Magisterial District Justice Deborah Krull in Media District Court on the following charges:

  • 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 6312 (b)(2) Photographing, Videotaping, Depicting on Computer Sexual Acts of a Child Under 18
  • 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 6312 (d)) Child Pornography
  • 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 5703(1) Interception, Disclosure or Use of Electronic Communications
  • 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 7512(a) Criminal Use of Communication Facility
  • 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 5903(a)(5)(ii) Produce/Present/Direct Obscene Performance by a Minor
  • 18 Pa.C.S.A. Section 7507.1(a)(1) Invasion of Privacy


He remains incarcerated on $150,000 bail, 10% bond, at George W. Hill Correctional Facility.
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.


Contact: ADA Diane Edbril, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 484-845-4723

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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