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Calif. mayor busted for secretly recording underage strip poker game

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The mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested on Thursday on a felony eavesdropping charge stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of surreptitiously recording at a summer camp he hosts for disadvantaged inner-city youths, prosecutors said.

Mayor Anthony Ray Silva, 41, was also charged with three misdemeanor counts – contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing an alcoholic beverage to an underage person and child endangerment, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

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Silva is accused of using his cell phone to make an audio recording of the conversation between participants in a game of strip poker, one of them a 16-year-old boy, that took place in the mayor’s bedroom at the camp.

Prosecutors said in a press statement that the taped conversation indicated that the participants, who were naked, were recorded against their will.

“Witnesses stated that Silva had supplied alcohol and made it available to a number of underage counselors at the camp,” the statement said.

The incident, according to prosecutors, took place last August at the Stockton Silver Lake Camp in Amador County, California.

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Neither Silva nor a lawyer was immediately available to comment. But the mayor acknowledged in a previous statement posted by a local TV station that he had been detained and had his electronic devices seized by federal agents at San Francisco International Airport last September, after returning from a mayor’s conference in China.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler and Tom Brown)

Watch a report on Silva’s arrest, as aired on KHTK-TV, below.

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