Mayor Anthony Silva Pleads Not Guilty in First Court Appearance

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STOCKTON -- Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva appeared relaxed as he entered the Amador County courthouse Thursday before facing a judge for the first time.

Flanked by his attorneys, Silva pleaded "not guilty" to three misdemeanors and one felony charge.

Outside the courtroom, the embattled mayor admitted he has flaws but insisted he's no criminal.

"Unlike other politicians, I say that I am human. I am far, far from perfect," Silva said.

Silva denied allegations he secretly recorded a strip poker game and provided alcohol to minors at his youth summer camp last year.

"I am innocent of these charges. The timing is extremely suspicious," Silva said.

"There's corruption in the charging of Anthony Silva," said Mark Reichel, Silva's defense attorney.

Silva's lawyers claim investigators purposely waited until this month to charge the mayor with a crime.

"They waited until the very last day when they could cut one down, and thats an unfair election," Reichel said.

Amador County District Attorney Rodd Riebe told FOX40 politics have no baring on this criminal case.

"Our office's prosecution of Mayor Silva is not motivated by politics. I could care less about San Joaquin County politics," Riebe said.

Wednesday night, Silva's attorneys released audio recordings and photos of the alleged strip poker game and underage drinking.

"Our client's innocent, that's what that evidence shows 100 percent," said Silva's Attorney Allen Sawyer.

The drama will likely play out in court as Stockton voters decide their mayor in November.

Silva is due back in court on Sept. 7.

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