Mayor Facing Child Sex Assault Allegations Went Before Judge

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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. A mayor of mountain town facing serious allegations of harming a child will face a judge for the first time since his arrest last week.

On Wednesday, Turley appeared in court in Teller County. The judge ordered for him to have no contact with the victim or the victim's family. Turley is also not allowed to have contact with anyone 18 years old or younger without the supervision of an adult.

Woodland Park Mayor David Turley was arrested May 23 on charges of
sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust. He bonded out of the Teller County Jail on the same day.

City officials and law enforcement are releasing few details about the allegations against Turley, but will say that the alleged assault happened sometime between May 11 and May 22. At one point, police executed a search warrant for the mayor's house and car, and collected undisclosed evidence. Turley was brought in for questioning the night before his arrest.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is assisting with the investigation. The Woodland Park chief of police says it's because the suspect in this case is an elected official.

"The reason I did that was because I realized the suspect was our mayor and I wanted people from another police department to look at it so we would have a fair and objective process," Police Chief Bob Larson said.

The Teller County Department of Social Services is also involved in the case.

Police say they believe there is only one victim at this time.

11 News spoke to one of the Turley's neighbors.

"Very surprised, my limited interaction along the street here and also in town, always... seemed like a really nice guy. Always involved in the community, always asked me how things were going. Really seemed to care about things so I'm very surprised," Brett Book said.

Assistant city manager and city clerk of Woodland Park, Cindy Morse, said the mayor will not be removed of his office.

"The mayor or council's office shall become vacant whether he recalled, dies, becomes incapacitated, resigns, refuses to serve, ceases to be a resident of the city, is judicial declared mentally ill or declared mentally ill," said Morse.

Turley has been mayor for two years. Woodland Park City Manager, David Buttery, said Mayor Turley declined to attend two events this week. He says Turley also won't be attending the next city council meeting on June 5th.

Turley's next court appearance is June 16th at 9:00a.m. to receive his official charges. We'll be there and let you know what happens.


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