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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Molestation suspect ordered to stand trial

  • Suspect accused of committing lewd acts with 11-year-old girl in 2012
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  • The defendant in a child molestation case has been ordered to stand trial.
    Efrain Velasco-Palacios was held to answer on two counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Kern County Superior Court in Taft.
    Velasco-Palacios has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
    He was arrested on June 10 after a young girl reported in May that Velasco-Palacios had molested her in the fall of 2012 when she was 11 years old, according to Taft Police.

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