Time to practice your surprised faces! Anthony Silva, the mayor of Stockton, California, does not care much for the gays. He does not care for them one bit! For he is a FAMILY VALUES Republican, and he holds his town meetings in an anti-gay megachurch!

You know what he does like, though? He likes playing strip poker with 16-year-old boys at the summer camp where he was an advisor! And also giving them booze, and recording it!


Silva, 41, was charged with eavesdropping or recording confidential communications, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor and cruelty to a child by endangering health, according to court records. The incidents for which Silva is being charged happened between Aug. 5 and Aug. 9, 2015, at the Stockton Silver Lake Camp, according to the Amador County District Attorney.

The arrest stems from a September 2015 FBI investigation where Silva’s cell phone was seized by Homeland Security investigators at San Francisco International Airport as he got off a flight from China. One of the clips on Silva’s phone contained audio of several people during a strip poker game in Silva’s bedroom at the camp, the Amador County district attorney said. One of the participants was 16 years old.

The district attorney said the audio revealed that participants in the poker game did not want to be recorded. Witnesses stated that Silva supplied alcohol to a number of underage counselors at the camp as well, according to the Amador County district attorney.

Silva, who maintains his innocence, was released on Thursday on $20,000 bail, and immediately went and collected his things from the camp. He is also currently in trouble with the law over the fact that a gun stolen from his home was used in several crimes, including the murder of a 13-year-old boy. Oops!

But, this all really isn't anything new for the very holy Mayor of Stockton Creeptown, who once gave the key to the city to GOD. In 2004, when he was coaching water polo, he was accused of secretly taping teens using the bathroom of his apartment, although no charges were filed! Then, in 2013, the Mayor was investigated by police after being accused of sexual battery by a 19-year-old girl, who says he tried to make her drink alcohol and then dragged her over to his bed and spanked her while telling her she was a bad girl.

The parents of children at the camp are, understandably, quite upset, and many of them came to get their kids after the Mayor's arrest. Though it is slightly peculiar that -- given Silva's history -- anyone ever thought it was a good idea to put him in charge of a camp to begin with. Or let him be mayor of anything. SERIOUSLY HOW IS HE THE MAYOR OF ANYTHING?

[KCRA | CBS Sacramento | Towleroad]

Robyn Pennacchia

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