Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was investigated for sexual battery claim

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Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was investigated for sexual battery in February, 2012, Stockton police said Friday.

The investigation was forwarded to the San Joaquin County district attorney but the office did not press charges.

At the time of the alleged incident, Silva was not the mayor but was serving as president of the Stockton Boys and Girls Club.

Police spokesman Officer Joe Silva (no relation) said the alleged incident took place in 2011.

Officer Silva said he couldn't provide any other information about the alleged sexual battery incident, including the age or sex of the reporting person. 

He said sexual battery is generally defined as any inappropriate touching of another adult.

When reached by phone, Mayor Silva said  he "prefers not to talk about it."  The mayor was out of town Friday.

Late Friday, News10 learned of yet another criminal investigation involving Silva.  District attorney spokesman Robert Himelblau wouldn't comment on the specific accusations, saying only the investigation was ongoing.

It's been a rough week for the mayor. Late Wednesday, an anonymous email was widely sent around the city, calling for an investigation of Silva. The email cited another police investigation from 2005.  That's when Silva was a school board member and was accused of inappropriate behavior. That case was investigated by the Stockton Unified School District Police Department but also never resulted in charges.

By tdaly@news10.net

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