Rape, Pimp Charges Lead to Moreno Valley School Board Member's Censure

The board urged Mike Luis Rios, 42, to resign at its Tuesday meeting

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    Moreno Valley school board member Mike Rios plead not guilty to nearly a dozen charges, including rape and pimping. Jacob Rascon reports. (Published Friday, April 6, 2012)

    The Moreno Valley School Board this week called for the resignation of a colleague who is jailed on attempted murder, rape, and pimping charges.

    The board urged Mike Luis Rios, 42, to resign at its Tuesday meeting. During the meeting, the board also passed an emergency resolution banning any board member who’s been charged with crimes from taking part in school activities.

    The action comes on the heels of a recall effort launched by the Democratic Club of Moreno Valley.

    Rios is being held at a Riverside County Jail on charges involving running a sex-for-money operation out of his home.

    Rios has also been charged with attempted murder in connection with a separate case that stemmed from a fight with two men at a bar in February.

    Rios was arrested on the rape and pimping charges on April 4 outside his Moreno Valley home. He’s expected to appear in court on April 17.

    He's charged with 11 felonies, including two counts of rape by force or fear of two adults.

    He is also charged with three counts of pimping and six counts of pandering, which accuses him of persuading or encouraging four women and two underage girls to work for him as a prostitute.
    Rios was previously charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of dissuading a witness.

    Rios told the Riverside Press-Enterprise in a phone interview from jail that someone was falsely accusing him of crimes to prevent him from running for Moreno Valley City Council.

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