School board sets closed-door meeting...

School board sets closed-door meeting over trustee's arrest

There are 3 comments on the www.pe.com story from Feb 17, 2012, titled School board sets closed-door meeting over trustee's arrest. In it, www.pe.com reports that:

The discussion is set for closed-session but one board member and an open government expert say talks should be public The Moreno Valley school board's plan to privately discuss this week's arrest of one of their own members should instead be done in public, one board member and an open-government expert said Friday.

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“Citizens first.”

Since: Oct 08

Moreno Valley

#1 Feb 18, 2012
"Rios had no previous criminal record in Riverside County. In Los Angeles County, he was charged three separate times between 1992 and 1999 with spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a loaded firearm. Each of those cases was dismissed, according to court records."

Not totally correct, but nice to see it in this article, as Mike Rios and Alicia Espinoza have made claims that such charges have never existed. Maybe the P.E. can look into why the prosecutions were stopped.

Nor do you mention here that he was banned from his home due to allegations of sexual child abuse.

If your going to do an article maybe you should get your facts straight.

Here are Mr. Rios' true prior charges:

1992: PC 273.5 (a) Felony spousal abuse.

1999: PC 136.1 (a)(1) Knowingly and maliciously prevents or dissuades any witness or victim from attending or giving testimony at any trial, proceeding, or inquiry authorized by law.

1999: PC 422 Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a
threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes
that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

1999: PC 245 (a)(2) Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a firearm shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not less than six months and not exceeding one year, or by both a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and imprisonment.

Now you know the true past, however I did leave out the 1999 investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services investigation and report which barred Mr. Rios from his own home, as they deemed him a threat to his children as a result of a sexual abuse allegation against his then 5 year old daughter.

By records submitted on behalf of Mike Rios to the MVUSD, he didn't receive visitation rights of his children until 2004, five years after that event.

Note: CPS is NOT a prosecutorial agency, it is a social service agency which may act in family and Juvenal court to protect the children but have no power to prosecute.

During Mr. Rios criminal trial in 1999 his attorney was disbarred from practicing law, this would cause a mistrial in his case, setting him free unless the D.A. retried him, but why when he was already barred from being near his children or wife, had been removed from the home.

That's just how things work.

“Citizens first.”

Since: Oct 08

Moreno Valley

#2 Feb 18, 2012
"Rios had no previous criminal record in Riverside County. In Los Angeles County, he was charged three separate times between 1992 and 1999 with spousal abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a loaded firearm. Each of those cases was dismissed, according to court records."

Not totally correct, but nice to see it in this article, as Mike Rios and Alicia Espinoza have made claims that such charges have never existed. Maybe the P.E. can look into why the prosecutions were stopped.

Nor do you mention here that he was banned from his home due to allegations of sexual child abuse.

If you’re going to do an article, maybe you should get your facts straight.
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Moreno Valley, CA

#3 Feb 18, 2012
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/swcounty/re...

Good article, more in-depth than the PE one.

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