Woodland Park Mayor David Turley resigns after sexual assault arrest

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. - Woodland Park's mayor has resigned amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a 17-year-old boy in a hot tub at his home.

In a statement issued Monday, David Turley maintained his innocence and said he would fight the allegations in court.

The 65-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child in May.

The arrest affidavit said when the alleged victim was interviewed by police, he said Turley was a friend and a father figure to him.

The teen confirmed that Turley bought him a lot of things, including paying the fees for a baseball camp.

In April, the teen told police he had not been molested, but later said that on May 11 he was in the hot tub with Turley when he was touched inappropriately.

Turley was arrested on a charge of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust and unlawful sexual contact.

Police said they are only aware of one victim in this case.

Woodland Park is about 20 miles west of Colorado Springs.

Turley was elected mayor in April 2012.

The Gazette reports that Turley's resignation comes as some voters are pursue a recall petition against him.
 

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