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Moreno Valley school board member arrested on rape, pimping charges

April 4, 2012 |  9:33 pm

Moreno Valley school board member

A Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education member was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing 11 felonies including rape, pimping and pandering, the Riverside County district attorney's office said Wednesday night.

Mike Luis Rios, 42, was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. near his home by Moreno Valley police. He is being charged with six counts of pandering, three counts of pimping and two counts of rape by force or fear, authorities said.

The rape victims were described as adults. The pandering charge is tied to allegations that Rios derived proceeds from three adult women who worked for him as prostitutes, investigators said.

Riverside County investigators allege that while recruiting prostitutes, Rios told one woman he was a school board member and asked if she needed a job.  Another woman answered an Internet ad and Rios offered a juvenile girl use of his Hummer vehicle if she would work for him, authorities said.

Rios has a second case pending in which he has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one one count of dissuading a witness, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Brusselback, who is prosecuting both cases.

Rios is alleged to have shot at two people outside his house in February following an altercation. No one was hit. Rios posted bail in that case and a felony settlement conference is scheduled for April 29 for the second case, according to Brusselback.

Rios' term on the board of education runs until 2014.


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Photo: Mike Rios. Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department