Southern California school board member convicted of running sex ring

The other charges relate to a prior incident, reports The Press-Enterprise. In February 2012, Rios allegedly got into a fight with two men over a woman at a Moreno Valley night spot. The men later trailed Rios home. In his driveway, the school board member allegedly used a handgun to fire four rounds into the vehicle belonging to the men. No one was hurt.

That incident triggered the investigation that ultimately exposed Rios’s ill-fated sex ring.

Rios has been an elected school board member since 2010. He remains on the board and he continued to attend meetings throughout his trial. Under California law, notes The Press-Enterprise, his school board seat will not become vacant until he is formally sentenced.

A local push to recall Rios in November 2012 fell short, because activists could not amass the requisite number of signatures.

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