A booking photo was released Thursday morning of a Moreno Valley Unified School District board member who was arrested the night before on suspicion of rape, pimping, and two counts of pandering involving four women and two underage girls.
Mike Luis Rios, 42, was arrested just before 6 p.m. Wednesday April 4, when police stopped him in his vehicle near his home in the 25700 block of Palm Shadows Drive in Moreno Valley.
Rios is accused of six counts of pandering, three counts of pimping, and two counts of rape by force or fear, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. The alleged rape victims are adults.
Booking records show Rios was held Thursday morning in Riverside on suspicion of four felonies.
"Pandering is the attempt to get someone to work as a prostitute while pimping is deriving proceeds from someone working as a prostitute," a District Attorney's spokesman said in a statement released Wednesday evening. "In this case, it is alleged that three adult women worked for Rios as prostitutes. One adult and the two juveniles did not."
An investigation by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office shows Rios "used a variety of means to try to get the four women and two girls to work as prostitutes for him," the statement said.
Rios allegedly told at least one woman he was a member of the Moreno Valley school board and asked her if she needed a job, according to the District Attorney's Office. Another woman answered an online ad for a job.
Rios allegedly offered one of the juvenile girls the use of his Hummer vehicle if she would work for him, according to the District Attorney's Office. Rios "met the other juvenile through an Internet ad she had placed for prostitution and Rios offered her the use of his vehicle and his house if she would work for him," the D.A.'s statement said.
Rios is a suspect in another pending criminal case in which he is accused of firing a gun at two people outside his house in February, but neither victim was hit, according to the District Attorney's Office. The shooting occurred as the result of an altercation Rios had earlier in the evening.
In the February case, Rios has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of dissuading a witness, according to the D.A.
Rios previously posted bail in the February case. A felony settlement conference is already scheduled April 29, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Both cases against Rios are being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Brusselback of the Special Prosecutions Section.
Moreno Valley is between the San Gorgonio Pass and the city of Riverside, about 65 miles east of Los Angeles.