Johnny Pride

Johnny Pride (Courtesy: MySpace)

SANTA CLARITA -- A 26-year-old reality TV personality and Santa Clarita City Council candidate accused of raping two 14-year-old girls was released from jail Saturday.

Johnny Pride, of Valencia, was booked Thursday on suspicion of rape, lewd conduct with a minor, oral copulation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to sheriff's deputies.

He was released from jail early Saturday after sheriff's department officials cited insufficient evidence to charge Pride of the crimes.

However, district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said tonight that she could not confirm sheriff's department reports that prosecutors had dropped the case.

Sheriff's officials say the investigation is still moving forward, and that investiugators are waiting on medical examination results of the two 14 year old girls.

Police say Pride bought alcohol for the girls on February 27, and then invited the girls to his apartment, where the alleged crimes occurred.

Pride was arrested at his job hours after appearing at a candidates forum for the Santa Clarita City Council.

During that event, he told the audience he was a member of the city, state and national Parent Teachers Association two years ago.

Pride worked for the William S. Hart School District at Canyon High School in 2008 for less than a month as an athletic coach and substitute campus supervisor, according to district spokeswoman Pat Willett.

He has appeared on the reality shows "The Conveyor Belt of Love" and "The Battle of the Bods."