Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva's felony charge reduced to misdemeanor

Anthony Silva received some good news Tuesday. 

During his court appearance in Amador County Court Tuesday, Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva's charge of felony recording confidential communications was reduced 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.

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.

Silva says the charges are politically motivated. He faces re-election in November.

Silva was arrested in August and charged with recording confidential communications, as well as misdemeanor charges of contributing to a delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to someone under the age of 21 and cruelty to a child by endangering health.

According to court documents, Silva, "unlawfuily sell, furnish, give, and cause to be sold, fumished, and given away to six persons under the age of twenty-one years, an alcoholic beverage containing more than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume and fit for beverage purposes."

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