Sunday, February 10, 2013

DEMOCRAT school board member in Southern Cal, convicted of pimping young schoolgirls

Mild mannered boy next door, helpful community servant by day: At night, a prostitute ring-running, bar-brawling, gun totin' mobster

From Eric Dondero:

Welcome to Moreno Valley, Riverside County, just east of L.A. Meet Mike Rios. Elected school board member since 2010 for the Moreno Valley Unified School District. Instead of traditional constituency service, Mr. Rios advocates servicing his constituents, at least some of his male constituents, with young female companions for the night.

Party affiliation? Democrat.

From the L.A. Times, Jan. 29, "Trial begins for Moreno Valley school board member Mike Rios": T
the young woman on the witness stand said Mike Rios approached her on the street with a school district business card and a job opportunity: He wanted her "to gather girls and sell them," she said.

Identified in court only as Valery, she testified Wednesday that she and others worked as prostitutes for Rios, a member of the Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education.

alery's testimony came on the opening day of Rios' trial in Riverside County Superior Court. He faces 35 felony charges, including rape, pandering and pimping involving six females, two of them underage.

Valery, 21, with long black hair and bangs covering her forehead, bit her lip between questions. In addition to working as a prostitute for Rios, she said, she helped recruit other young women for him.

"He told me we had to get the best-looking girls so we could get more money for them," Valery said.
Moreno Valley voters had the chance to recall Rios last Fall, but chose to keep him on the job

Now this from (Riverside County) Press-Enterprise, "Rios convicted of pimping, pandering, insurance fraud":
Moreno Valley school board member Mike Rios was convicted Friday, Feb. 8, of pimping, pandering and insurance fraud.

Jurors found Rios, 42, not guilty on one rape charge. They hung on a second rape charge and one pandering charge.

During the trial, Rios cried and engaged in sharp exchanges with the prosecutor. Jurors got the case Thursday.

His arrest last April in the pimping case resulted from the investigation into a separate attempted murder case in which Rios is accused of shooting at two men who followed him to his house after they got into an argument at a Moreno Valley bar in February 2012. Those charges still are pending.
Rios must have had some support in the heavily Democrat city of Moreno Valley. A recall effort to kick him out of office last year failed.

City political activists, residents and school employees fell short of collecting enough signatures to place a vote calling for Rios’ recall on the Nov. 6, 2012, ballot.
A large segment of Moreno Valley citizens appreciating the work he did for the community?


Charlie said...

FYI Eric, Riverside County is east of LA County and northeast of Orange County in an area known as the Inland Empire. Moreno Valley is a ghetto area and this isn't surprising. That city is full of inner city flight from poor LA neighborhoods and their economy has been in the tank since the housing bubble burst.

Eric Dondero said...

Factoid: Moreno Valley once had an elected Libertarian Party city councilwoman.

KN@PPSTER said...

You're talking about Bonnie Flickinger, right?

I don't know for sure, but it looks from the context of a comment over at Independent Political Report like TWO Libertarians were elected to the Moreno Valley City Council this time around.