Delco man charged with having sex with teen victim of human trafficking

A Delaware County man is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl he knew was a victim of human trafficking.

Matthew Jeffrey Sipps, 40, of the 100 block of Sweigart Lane, Aston, was arrested Monday and charged with patronizing a victim of a sexual servitude, a felony of the second degree, concealment of the whereabouts of a child, a felony of the third degree, and corruption of minors, a misdemeanor charge, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Sipps is the first person in Delaware County to be charged under Pennsylvania’s new human trafficking legislation for engaging in a sex act with a known victim of human trafficking, District Attorney Jack Whelan said in a statement.

On April 23, 2015, Aston police Officer Thomas Hearty was contacted by the North Providence (Rhode Island) Police Department about 16-year-old female victim who contacted her mother to be picked up from a home on Sweigart Lane in Aston Township. The victim had been missing for eight weeks, her mother told police.

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