"Strip Poker" Stockton Mayor Gets Charges Reduced

The mayor of Stockton, California, Anthony Silva, has had the charges placed against him in relation to a game of strip poker at a youth camp reduced down from a number of felony counts to four misdemeanors.

Back in August, it was reported that Silva was arrested in connection with events that had occurred in the summer of 2015 at a youth camp in Silver Lake, California. While attending the camp, it was alleged that Silva, 41, had recorded a strip poker game between teenage camp counselors on his phone and provided minors with alcohol. At the time, Silva denied the charges, saying that the participants of the strip poker game were all over 18 and that he never provided alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. He called the whole thing politically motivated, as he faces reelection in November.

Yesterday in court, a judge dropped the most serious felony against him of recording confidential communications - he says that his phone was recording the strip poker by accident - but stuck with the misdemeanors involving alcohol and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Although this case isn't over yet for Silva, the threat of a possible prison sentence is now off the books for him. It remains to be seen whether he'll be able to win his mayoral election in three weeks.

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