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Stockton Mayor In Court After Arrest At Amador County Youth Camp

Stockton, CA — Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges stemming from a strip poker game with teen counselors at a summer camp in Amador County for underprivileged children.

Silva pled not guilty Thursday to a felony charge of using his cell phone to secretly record a 2015 card game during the annual one-week summer camp that he organizes. Silva also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges involving contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to minors, and child endangerment.

As reported here, earlier this month shortly after his arrest at a press conference Silva told reporters, “Everyone there was 18-years-old…I never provided alcohol to anyone. And I certainly did not secretly record anyone.”

In October, Homeland Security investigators seized his cellphone and laptop after he was briefly detained at the San Francisco International Airport. Silva was returning from a mayor’s conference in China.