by Rick Langenberg
Woodland Park Police Chief Bob Larson answers questions from the media on Friday afternoon regarding a criminal investigation against the town’s mayor, Dave Turley. Turley was arrested early Friday on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class four felony. A bond was issued for $10,000. His arrest occurred following questioning at the Woodland Park Police Station late Thursday evening. Police officials are releasing few details of the investigation, which started several weeks ago. City officials are especially mum on any information regarding the alleged victim, but confirmed that both the mayor’s house and car were searched.
Due to the fact that the case focused on allegations against the city’s mayor, assistance was sought by the Colorado Springs Police Department. Larson and Woodland Park Assistant City Manager Cindy Morse (pictured here) stressed that the case will proceed through the normal court procedures, regarding any allegation of this type, and Turley will still retain his post as mayor. Current city charter requirements only call for a Woodland Park mayor to give up his seat through a felony conviction, recall, resignation, illness, death or relocation out of the area. Turley has served as the Woodland Park mayor since 2012 and also held a position as councilman for two years. He won both of his contests for mayor by wide margins. For more updated details of this story, see the May 27 issue of The Mountain Jackpot (TMJ).