Stockton, CA – Embattled Stockton’s mayor Anthony Silva fiercely declared he is innocent and says he never endangered children amid allegations that he made secret audio recordings of a strip poker game with counselors at an Amador County youth camp he runs.
42-year-old Silva made the statement at a news conference Friday flanked by his lawyers. He claims the charges are politically motivated. A charge Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe denies countering that he could not care less about the politics of San Joaquin County, according to the Associated Press. During Silva’s brief statement he told reporters, “Everyone there was 18-years-old…I never provided alcohol to anyone. And I certainly did not secretly record anyone.”
As previously reported, 42-year-old Anthony Silva was taken into custody at the annual summer youth camp on Thursday in Amador County. He faces four charges of eavesdropping, contributing to the delinquency or a minor, providing alcohol to a minor and cruelty to a child by endangering health. Court documents show that six minors were involved in the alcohol related charges.