Stockton Strip Poker Mayor Anthony Silva Pleads Not Guilty, Releases Audio from Game

The legal team for Anthony Silva, the Stockton, California mayor accused of recording a drunken strip poker game with teenagers at a youth camp last summer, have released audio footage and photos of the alleged incident.

Stockton Mayor Silva denies teen strip poker game

Stockton, California Mayor Anthony Silva plead not guilty on Thursday to allegations that he secretly taped an alcohol-fueled strip poker game with teens at a youth camp last summer. (Image: sacramento.cbslocal.com)

Silva, 41, was in court on Thursday to plead not guilty to one felony count of recording confidential communications, and three misdemeanor counts, including contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to minors.

Silva’s attorneys, Mark Reichel and Allen Sawyer, said they were releasing the tapes to show Silva’s side of the story. They allege that Silva “happened on a game that may have been strip poker,” and then left. They also say that witnesses have told them there were no minors in the room.

Silva Strongly Denies Allegations

“As this will obviously be an ongoing legal battle, I can’t make too many comments about the case. However, I would like to make a few,” Silva said in a statement to the press. “Number one: Everyone there was 18 years old. Number two: I never, ever, ever, ever endangered a child. Ever. Number three: I never provided alcohol to anyone. And I certainly did not secretly record anyone.”

According to a news release by the DA’s office, prosecutors do have audio of a conversation that took place during the alleged strip poker game that indicates that all participants were naked. They believe one of the participants was a 16-year-old male. The clip also suggests that the participants are at first unaware of the recording and subsequently said they were unwilling to be recorded.

“Did you take a picture? Oh, you’re trying to record,” says an unidentified male voice.

“You better not,” says an unidentified female.

“Smear Campaign”

The Silva camp has claimed the case is part of a smear campaign, orchestrated specifically by his political opponents, and has called the timing of the arrest “suspicious.”

“What they did was the assassination of a particular candidate’s reputation,” Silva’s attorney Sawyer said outside the courthouse on Thursday. “By doing that, they are removing the right for the residents of Stockton to choose who their mayor is.”

Amador County District Attorney Todd Riebe said the case had been handed to him by the FBI in July, and had been examined thoroughly before his office decided to prosecute. The case was “motivated by the evidence,” he said.

“We looked at the evidence, even some you’re not aware of yet, and there existed sufficient evidence to prove each of the charges we filed to a unanimous jury beyond a reasonable doubt.

“I could care less about San Joaquin politics,” he added.

Silva is due back in court on September 7.

Philip Conneller
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Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.

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