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Santa Clarita City Council Candidate Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Offenses

Johnny Pride
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A 26-year-old Santa Clarita City Council candidate was arrested last night in the city's Valencia neighborhood for various sexual acts with two 14-year-old girls, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Johnny Pride is suspected of rape, lewd acts with a minor, sodomy, oral copulation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was held on $500,000 bail. On his apparent MySpace page, where he encourages people to vote for him in the upcoming election, Pride says he will change the city for the better. "I'm going to paint this town a new positive and brighter future!"

Pride has appeared on two reality TV shows: The Conveyor Belt of Love" and "The Battle of the Bods." He worked at a local high school for less than a month in 2008 and said he started a non profit to bring school children classroom supplies, but it was never registered to the state, according to Santa Clarita's town newspaper The Signal.