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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 4:21 p.m.
 

MEDIA — A Philadelphia-area mayor has been convicted of all counts in connection with a drunken, armed encounter with a 20-year-old man at his home in February.

Marcus Hook Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro, 39, was convicted Friday by a jury that deliberated about three hours on charges including providing alcohol to a minor, official oppression, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

The Republican was arrested in March and dropped his bid for re-election, but he has vowed to finish his term. He declined to comment after his conviction.

Authorities allege Schiliro gave the young man three glasses of wine before asking him to consent to a sex act, and became distraught when he refused.

The case largely turned on differing interpretations of Schiliro's actions the night of Feb. 21.

Deputy Delaware County District Attorney Michael Galantino argued that Schiliro abused his power as mayor when he had a police officer bring the young man to the mayor's house in a marked police car that evening.

The young man has known Schiliro since he was 12 and testified that Schiliro refused to speak until the young man drank some wine with him. Schiliro then confided he might be gay or bisexual and wanted to perform a sex act on the young man, according to the victim's testimony.

When the young man refused, Schiliro produced three guns, threatened suicide and wouldn't let the young man leave for a time after firing one gun and using the weapon to gesture where the victim should and shouldn't move.

Schiliro's defense attorney, Michael Malloy, argued that the young man was never threatened or held against his will, noting Schiliro left the room at least twice and that the victim finally left. Galantino noted, however, that the victim left only after asking Schiliro's permission.

Schiliro is free on bond pending his Jan. 13 sentencing, which will occur after he undergoes psychosexual and psychological examinations, and drug and alcohol evaluations.

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