Jacob Rascon & James Wulff
A Moreno Valley School Board member faces 11 felonies, including rape and pimping charges. Jacob Rascon reports.
A Moreno Valley School Board member accused of recruiting underage girls to work as prostitutes was arrested Wednesday and charged with 11 felonies that include rape and pimping.
The six victims include two underage girls, according to the Riverside County district attorney.
Mike Luis Rios, 42, was arrested without incident shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday and charged with 11 felonies, John Hall, spokesman for Riverside County district attorney, wrote in a statement released Wednesday.
Rios was charged with six counts of pandering -- or trying to get someone to work as a prostitute, three counts of pimping and two counts of rape by force or force, Hall wrote. The rape victims are adults.
Investigators said Rios used promises of jobs or favors as a way to try to get women to work for him.
In one case, Rios told a woman that he was a member of the district school board and asked if she needed a job, while another woman answered an online ad for a job, Hall wrote.
Rios reportedly offered one of the juvenile girls the use of his Hummer if she would work for him, and answered the online ad of another girl, offering his home and vehicle if she would work for Rios, Hall wrote.
This is the second case pending against Rios, who was charged with two counts of attempted murder in February after allegedly firing a gun at two people outside his home.
He remains a member of the school board.
"Until he is found either guilty of a felony or has vacated his office for three months, he is a member of the board," said Superintendent Judy White.
Rios did not present a threat to students, White added.
"He was always accompanied by an administrator," said White. "He was never left alone with a student."