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Former Stockton mayor has youth strip party-related charges dropped after plea

Former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 on Friday in exchange for having three other charges dropped and avoiding jail time for an alleged strip party at a youth camp he runs in Amador County.

Silva’s attorney, Allen Sawyer, said the Amador County District Attorney’s Office lacked the evidence needed to prove the other charges – contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child endangerment and recording confidential communications.

The District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Silva acknowledged he was wrong to serve beer to counselors at the party, Sawyer said.

Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols sentenced Silva to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service.

Silva was a surprise victor in the mayor’s race in 2012 as Stockton sought to recover from the recession and a bankruptcy filing. He was arrested months before his re-election bid, in which he was trounced by a 26-year-old political upstart, Michael Tubbs.

Silva still faces charges in San Joaquin County that he embezzled funds from the Stockton Kids Club. Silva is on leave from his position as executive director of the club, Sawyer said.

Silva denies the charges, Sawyer said.

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