The State

A mistrial was declared in the Oakland trial of a former FBI agent who was accused of molesting his 8-year-old son and 21-month-old daughter. The foreman of the jury, which deadlocked 10 to 2 for acquittal, told Alameda County Superior Court Judge Alfred Delucchi that "there wasn't enough evidence" against Harvey Yarbrough, 38, charged with five counts of molesting his children in Newark. Yarbrough, a 13-year FBI veteran, was placed on administrative leave pending outcome of the case. He worked in the San Jose office, which specialized in finding missing children. The trial's key witness was Yarbrough's son, who detailed how his father allegedly molested him and his sister last year. Under cross-examination, however, the boy said some of the alleged molestations were in his dreams. "I'm hoping that they (the district attorney's office) decide to dismiss the case as they should," defense attorney Sheldon Otis said. "Ten to two is a pretty clear victory."

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