Child molestation charges dropped against Kern County man due to prosecutor's joke

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Kern County Judge has dismissed child molestation charges against a Efrain Velasco-Palacios due to prosecutorial misconduct. 

The allegations of misconduct came out of changes to a transcript that the prosecutor, Rob Murray, intended as a joke between himself and the deputy public defender. 

While there is no dispute that changes to the transcript were made, the Kern County  District Attorney's office disagrees with the sanction of dismissal. 

The DA's office intends to appeal the decision to the Fifth District Court of Appeal. 

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