A pair of Riverside County Superior Court clerks indicted for allegedly mishandling privileged information connected to a criminal case were out of custody Wednesday.

Angela Franz, 46, and Michelle Valadez, 57, both of Thousand Palms, made a joint initial court appearance Tuesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice, during which the grand jury indictment handed down in their case was unsealed. The two women are charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy scheduled their arraignment for Aug. 18.

Each defendant is free on a $10,000 bond.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the pair were assigned to the Larson Justice Center in Indio when the alleged offense occurred in January 2020.

Prosecutors allege that a law enforcement officer submitted a search warrant request and asked that the documents remain under seal due to confidentiality concerns and to prevent the investigation from being compromised.

A judge signed the warrant the same day and ordered it sealed, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“It is alleged that Franz pulled the warrant from the court system, printed it, and then provided it to Valdez,” according to an agency statement. “Both defendants had been court clerks for several years and would know that reviewing, printing and sharing a sealed court document in this manner would be against the law.”

A possible motive was not disclosed.

The employment status of the two women couldn’t immediately be confirmed.

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