Mayor of Marcus Hook charged in alleged drunken encounter

Marcus Hook Mayor James D. Schiliro.
Marcus Hook Mayor James D. Schiliro. (ERIC HARTLINE / Delaware County Daily Times)
Posted: March 23, 2013

The mayor of Marcus Hook was charged Thursday with holding an acquaintance hostage during a drunken encounter at his home last month that allegedly ended with the mayor's firing a gun into the floor.

During the encounter, Mayor James D. Schiliro repeatedly offered to perform a sex act with the 20-year-old male, according to police.

"This young man was put in danger," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said, adding that the unidentified young man was near the gun when it was fired.

Schiliro, 38, was arraigned Thursday before District Judge David R. Griffin, who set unsecured bail at $50,000. Schiliro was charged with recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, furnishing alcohol to a minor, and official oppression.

Schiliro had no comment.

Whelan said the mayor's behavior, which he said included calling on the Police Department for a personal matter, was "highly inappropriate."

According to court records, on the night of Feb. 21 Schiliro sent a text message to the man, whom he had known for several years.

He later ordered a borough police officer to pick the man up in Trainer and take him to Schiliro's home in a police vehicle. While there, the man said, he was given what he believed were three glasses of wine.

According to the man, Schiliro, who was intoxicated, asked repeatedly whether he could perform oral sex on him.

That allegation was not included in the charges. Michael Malloy, Schiliro's attorney, said he and his client learned about that allegation for the first time at the arraignment.

"The facts will come out differently than they are in the complaint," Malloy said.

According to court records, Schiliro waved three handguns during the encounter. At one point, he put a gun to his head and said "he didn't want to live anymore," according to court documents.

At another point, Schiliro allegedly fired into the floor. He also then told the man he was a hostage, according to the documents.

Schiliro sold eight weapons shortly after the encounter, according to court records.

He has entered an alcohol-treatment program and is undergoing counseling, Malloy said.

The borough council has asked Schiliro to resign, which he has said he would not do. Schiliro recently filed paperwork to run for reelection, Whelan said.

Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-3125,, or follow @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

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