DA Will Not File Charges Against Bakersfield Anchor

The district attorney's office has decided not to file charges against KBAK Anchor Kurt Rivera or his girlfriend Mindy Morrow.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford said that there is insufficient evidence in the case and it was unclear who was the primary aggressor.

Pafford said that without knowing who the primary aggressor was, they weren't confident that they could get a conviction. 

On July 26, Kern County sheriff's deputies arrested Rivera on spousal battery charges.

Officials said that at about 10:18 p.m. Kern County sheriff’s deputies were sent to an alarm call of a woman screaming she was being assaulted at a home in Bakersfield.

Deputies said they found 50-year-old Kurt Rivera and 36-year-old Mindy Morrow inside the residence.

Based on information and evidence deputies were able to determine both Rivera and Morrow had physically assaulted each other.

Morrow also reported that Rivera had damaged the alarm keypad to prevent her from calling law enforcement and refused to allow her to leave the home.

As a result of their investigation, deputies arrested Rivera on charges of spousal battery, damaging a communication device to prevent a person from calling law enforcement for assistance, and false imprisonment.

Morrow was arrested on charges of spousal battery.

Rivera and Morrow both sustained minor injuries and were booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility.

So far, station management have not commented on the matter, on the station's website, they posted this statement:

We at KBAK take this matter very seriously, and hold our employees to a very high standard. We will be dealing with this internally as a personnel matter and we'll have no further comment at this time.