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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