Stockton mayor pleads not guilty to strip poker-related charges

Booking photo of Stockton mayor Anthony Silva

 

JACKSON, Calif. (AP) – A Northern California mayor has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges connected to a strip poker game with teen counselors at a summer camp for underprivileged children.

Anthony Silva pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony charge of using his phone to secretly record a 2015 strip poker game during a one-week summer camp in Amador County that Silva organizes annually. He also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to people younger than 21, and child endangerment.

The charges stem from images and recordings found on his cellphone. Homeland Security investigators seized his cellphone and laptop in October when he was briefly detained at San Francisco International Airport after arriving from a mayors conference in China.

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