STOCKTON (CBS/AP) — A judge has reduced a Northern California mayor’s felony eavesdropping charge to a misdemeanor in connection with a strip poker party at a youth camp he runs.
Court records show Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva now charged with four misdemeanor counts after the ruling Tuesday. Silva is charged with secretly recording portions of a teen counselor strip poker game and providing alcohol to minors.READ MORE: UPDATE: Pleasant Hill In-N-Out Burger Fined Over Vaccine Verifications; Dispute Follows SF Flap
Silva denies the charges, arguing that he accidentally recorded the game after walking into the middle of it and that all participants were at least 18 years old. He also denies giving alcoholic drinks to anyone younger than 21 during the annual weeklong camp for underprivileged children.READ MORE: UPDATE: Judge Won't Delay Case Against Los Gatos Mom Accused of Hosting Drunken Teen Sex Parties
Silva says the charges are politically motivated. He faces re-election in November.MORE NEWS: Elizabeth Holmes' Defense Tries To Pick Apart Damaging Testimony From Theranos Project Manager
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