Judge dismisses charges for man accused of child molestation

Judge H.A. Staley has dismissed child molestation charges against Efrain Velasco-Palacios. There were allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in the case that had been prosecuted by Robert Murray.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Judge H.A. Staley has dismissed child molestation charges Thursday against Efrain Velasco-Palacios. There were allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in the case that had been prosecuted by Robert Murray.  District Attorney Lisa Green in a statement says the allegations arose out of changes to a transcript Murray intended as a joke between himself and the deputy public defender.

Green says while there is no dispute that changes to the transcript were made, her office disagrees with the sanction of dismissal.  Her office intends to appeal the decision to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. 

Murray remains on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation.

 
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