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Paradise councilman pleads not guilty to felony charges

Former Vice Mayor Mike Zuccolillo was arrested in April on the charges.

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 6:22 PM
Updated: Jul 10, 2020 6:28 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise Councilman Mike Zuccolillo pleaded not guilty on July 10 to felony charges.

He is accused of contacting a minor with intent to have sex, disturbing harmful matter and trying to meet a minor for lewd purposes.

RELATED: Paradise Vice Mayor accused of sending sexual texts, photos to undercover deputy

Zuccolillo, the former vice mayor, was arrested in April on the charges.

Prosecutors say he thought he was corresponding with a 16-year-old girl, but instead, it was someone he had a falling out with over a business deal. That person alerted authorities, who investigated, then made the arrest.

RELATED: Paradise Town Council removes Zuccolillo as vice mayor after his arrest for sending sexual photos to minor

Zuccolillo is due back in court on August 13 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

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