“This was money and resources for them, who needed it, and it was taken, stolen and misused.” [Mayor of Stockton, Calif., arrested on allegations of playing strip poker with teens and secretly recording it] Silva and his attorneys have denied the accusations. There’s never been a complaint that I know of of any wrongdoing by anybody on the board,” Doug Srulowitz, lawyer for the Stockton Kids Club, told reporters.
Federal agents searched Silva’s home and the Stockton Kids Club last week, according to media reports.
“The most disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged children in our community were taken advantage of,” San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar told reporters at a news conference Monday, the day after Silva was arrested.
Prosecutors, however, argue that Silva is a flight risk.
Himelblau told reporters that he doesn’t believe Silva’s trip to Colombia was coincidental.
A judge on Monday declined a request from Silva’s attorney to lower the former mayor’s $1 million bail.
Allen Sawyer argued that his client was open about his travel plans and willingly returned to the United States “as soon as he heard the charges were brought,” KXTV reported.Those alleged crimes happened in August 2015 at Silver Lake Camp in Amador County, northeast of Stockton.Investigators found 23 photographs and four video clips, one of which was made in Silva’s room at the camp and shows him playing strip poker with several of the camp’s counselors, including a 16-year-old boy, according to reports.“That clip contains audio of a conversation between participants involved in a strip poker game that occurred in Silva’s bedroom.The conversation between the participants indicated that they were naked.” Silva said at a subsequent news conference that everyone at the “counselor party” was 18. “I never provided alcohol to anyone, and I certainly did not secretly record anyone.” Silva, a Republican, was elected mayor in 2012.The alleged crimes happened from January 2010 to February 2014, prosecutors say.