The Latest: California mayor says he never endangered kids

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Posted: Aug 05, 2016 5:25 PM
The Latest: California mayor says he never endangered kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a California mayor (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

A California mayor has forcefully declared his innocence and says he never endangered children amid allegations that he made secret audio recording of strip game at youth camp run by him.

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva made the statement at a news conference Friday afternoon.

On Thursday, he was charged with a felony of secretly recording confidential communications without consent.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to people under 21, and child endangerment.

Silva is also accused of previously not reporting that a gun was stolen from his home until a month after it was used in the killing of a 13-year-old Stockton boy early last year.

Silva denied the charges filed Thursday and said he had nothing to do with the killing.

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10 a.m.

The Stockton, California, police officers union is calling for the resignation of the city's mayor after he was charged with providing alcohol to young adults last summer and making a secret recording of what prosecutors said was a game of strip poker with teens at his summer camp.

The Record of Stockton (http://bit.ly/2azjCEw) reports City Councilman Dan Wright also called for Mayor Anthony Silva to step down.

In a statement, the union says Silva has had "misstep after misstep" that he has "shrugged off" since he was elected in 2012. Neither of Silva's lawyers nor Silva himself was available for comment Friday.

Silva's attorney Mark Reichel has said Silva may speak at a news conference Friday morning at Stockton City Hall.

Wright and a representative from the police union weren't immediately available for comment Friday.

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9:45 a.m.

Court records say that teens playing a strip poker game recorded by a California mayor were 18 and 19 years old, with the exception of a 16-year-old boy.

The affidavit by a San Joaquin County investigator does not identify the two women and three males said to have been playing the game with 41-year-old Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva at a camp he operates for disadvantaged youth.

An 18-year-old woman told the investigator there were six counselors in the room, along with the mayor, who is charged with secretly recording the incident without permission.

She said all the participants in the game were naked at some point, according to the affidavit.

She also said beer and vodka were present at the camp.

The mayor has denied the charges.