Woodland Park mayor in court, arrest warrant reveals new details about accusations against him
Updated On: Jun 23 2014 06:56:20 PM CDT
An arrest warrant is revealing new information about the allegations against the mayor of Woodland Park. David Turley is facing charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust.
Turley's arrest warrant says that the investigation began in April when two different people contacted police to report they were concerned about the relationship between Turley and his alleged victim, a 17-year-old boy.
The warrant says that police were contacted by a staff member at Woodland Park Middle School. The employee told police that a relative of the alleged victim came to her with concerns about the situation.
The other person who contacted police said he did so after seeing pictures on Facebook that he did not feel were appropriate. The man also told police that he had heard that Turley was paying for the alleged victim to go to college, telling the officer "Just look into it, it's just too weird."
The warrant goes on to explain that friends and relatives of the alleged victim were questioned about his relationship with Turley.
One friend described the relationship as "fishy." Another said that the alleged victim had a rough home life and he felt like Turley was trying to be a father figure to him. He went on to say that he felt like the relationship goes too far, according to the warrant.
The arrest papers say that the alleged victim was interviewed by police on April 23, 2014. The warrant says that during the interview, the 17-year-old characterized his relationship with Turley as being a friend who is like a father figure. It says the teen admitted that Turley bought him a lot of things and that Turley is paying part of the fees for a baseball coach for him and for college recruiting.
The warrant says that the teen denied being sexually assaulted by Turley during the April 23 interview.
The warrant says that on May 15, the Teller County Department of Social Services was contacted by a therapist who was treating the alleged victim and who said the teen told him that Turley had touched him inappropriately.
The arrest papers also say that on May 16, 2014, an employee at Woodland Park High School notified social services that the alleged victim told her that Turley had touched him inappropriately.
The warrant says that the alleged victim was interviewed again on May 21, 2014. It says that during the second interview, the teen said that Turley touched him inappropriately on May 11, 2014. The teen said the contact happened while the two were in a hot tub at Turley's home.
According to the warrant, police had the victim make a pretext call to Turley on May 22, 2014. It says that during the pretext call, Turley confirmed being with the alleged victim on May 11 but initially denied touching him inappropriately. The warrant says that later in the call, Turley admitted to accidentally touching the teen in a sensitive place while they were in the hot tub together.
Turley appeared in a Teller County courtroom on the morning of Monday, June 23, 2014. The case was continued until July 21.
Copyright 2014 KRDO. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.