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Moreno Valley School Board Member To Stand Trial On Pimping, Rape Charges

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(courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff)

(courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff)

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RIVERSIDE (AP) — A Riverside County school board member must stand trial on charges of rape, pimping, pandering and attempted manslaughter.

Prosecutors report 42-year-old Mike Rios of the Moreno Valley School Board was ordered to trial in two separate cases Tuesday after preliminary hearings in both.

In one case, Rios is accused of 11 felonies including pimping, pandering and two counts of rape. Two of the victims in the pimping allegations are underage girls.

In another case, a judge ruled Rios should stand trial on two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors allege Rios fired shots at two men in front of his house after a bar fight earlier in the evening.

Rios has said the charges are trumped up by his political opponents.

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