Scales of Justice

Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/08/2013 04:08:00 PM PST

A Riverside jury convicted a Moreno Valley school board member of 23 felonies charges including pimping and pandering and filing false insurance claims.

Mike Luis Rios, 42, was taken into custody immediately after the verdict was read today inside the Riverside Superior courthouse, said John Hall, public information officer for the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

Rios used a variety of means to persuade four women and two girls to work as prostitutes for him, officials said.

Rios was originally charged with 35 felonies involving six victims – two who are under-aged girls. But at the end of the trial, shortly before the jury began their deliberations, the judge dismissed nine pandering counts – leaving the defendant with 26 counts, Hall said.

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