Republican Mayor Arrested For Filming Male Teens Playing Strip Poker In Bedroom

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested Thursday morning at his Stockton youth camp at Silver Lake in Amador County on multiple charges including secretly recording a male teenager playing a game of strip poker in his bedroom at a summer camp.

The 41-year-old faces has been charged with eavesdropping or recording confidential communications, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor and cruelty to a child by endangering health, according to court records obtained by KCRA-TV.

According to the Amador County District Attorney, the incidents occurred between Aug. 5 and Aug. 9, 2015, at the Stockton Silver Lake Camp.


KCRA-TV adds:

The arrest stems from a September 2015 FBI investigation where Silva’s cell phone was seized by Homeland Security investigators at San Francisco International Airport as he got off a flight from China.

One of the clips on Silva’s phone contained audio of several people during a strip poker game in Silva’s bedroom at the camp, the Amador County district attorney said. One of the participants was 16 years old.

The district attorney said the audio revealed that participants in the poker game did not want to be recorded. There is no video on the clip, because the phone had been set down, the district attorney said.

“We’re hearing that there was multiple adults present, that there was only one minor present,” Silva’s attorney Allen Sawyer said Thursday evening.

According to the Amador County district attorney, witnesses have come forward to say that Silva supplied alcohol to a number of underage counselors at the camp as well.

“He absolutely maintains his innocence, and he’s looking forward to his day in court and he absolutely believes he will be vindicated,” Sawyer said.

This isn’t the first time Silva has been accused of secretly filming teens. When he was a high school water polo coach in 2004, Silva was accused of secretly taping teens in the bathroom of his apartment, according to CBS. Charges were never filed.

The mayor is also facing legal trouble after a gun stolen from his rental home in 2015 was used in two crimes, including the murder of a 13-year-old boy.

h/t: JMG