Turley charged


Woodland Park Mayor Dave Turley was charged with sexual assault on a minor by person of trust, a Class 4 felony, and unlawful sexual conduct, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Turley heard the charges June 23 in Teller County District Court where he was represented by Cynthia McKedy. Deputy district attorney Sharon Flaherty represents the 4th Judicial District.

The investigation of Turley began April 22 when a staff member at the middle school and a parent met with Woodland Park Police Detective Thomas Kinney. The meeting was a result of the two having contacted the police department to express their concern about the relationship between Turley, 65, and a 17-year-old student at the high school.

According to Turley's arrest warrant, Kinney began the investigation at the request of Woodland Park Police Chief Bob Larson, who had heard multiple individual reports of possible inappropriate contact between Turley and the juvenile male.

The report cites a meeting between the staff member and a 13-year-old juvenile male, brother of the alleged victim, who expressed his concerns about the ongoing relationship between his brother and Turley.

As well, the warrant reveals the parent's concern about pictures Turley posted regularly on Facebook. “These photographs depicted David Turley standing in what looked to him to be a shower with other juvenile males during a recent vacation to Mexico,” states the parent reported in the arrest warrant.

The parent told Officer Ryan Holzwarth that the individuals in the photographs were wearing either shorts or swimming trunks. The parent said he had knowledge that Turley was paying for the boy (redacted) to go to college and stated that the relationship between Turley and the boy (redacted) is “just odd.”

According to the warrant, the boy (redacted) did not want to go with Turley on a trip to Arizona during spring break in March. “But his grandparents and his legal guardian required him to go,” states the report. As well, the warrant states that the grandmother contacted Turley and asked that he stay away from the boy (redacted). However, Turley, according to the warrant, continued to attend the boy's baseball games.

According to the warrant, the investigation included interviews with the boy's friends who were aware of the friendship between the two. One described the relationship as “fishy.”

In the 10-page report, the boy (redacted) stated that he was uncomfortable when Turley held his hand at a time when he was upset about his family situation.

The warrant states that a therapist with Aspen Pointe reported to the Department of Social Services that the boy had disclosed to a woman (redacted) that Turley had touched him inappropriately. The incident occurred May 11.

In a pretext call, monitored by three Colorado Springs police, Turley admitted to having accidentally touched the boy (redacted) in the hot tub.

Turley's next court appearance is at 9 a.m. July 21.


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I have known Mr. Turley for more than forty years. He deserves a presumption of innocence. False allegations of this type are not unusual; they may be the result of confabulation or deliberate lying, coaching the child and planting false memories, or maybe the kid just didn't make the team or get to play. Or perhaps he has other more serious issues. Dave put his life on the line on many occasions during his long, distinguished career serving his country in the Air Force and intelligence community, earning numerous significant medals and awards. He held the highest security clearances. There are dozens and probably hundreds of friends, associates, former subordinates, as well as their kids, who would gladly testify as to his character.

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