ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — A psychiatrist for Jackson County in Southern Oregon still has his job while awaiting disposition of criminal charges alleging he set booby traps to hurt mountain bikers on national forest trails around Ashland.
County Administrator Danny Jordan tells the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/UiUmsH) the county considers Jackson Tyler Dempsey innocent until proven guilty, and none of the alleged crimes happened while he was at work. Jordan adds that Dempsey remains a licensed psychiatrist.
Dempsey was accused of stringing nylon cords and throwing out nails and other obstacles on trails shared by hikers and mountain bikers around Ashland. The charges are assault and reckless endangerment.
His lawyer, Carl Kaplan, had no comment.
Dempsey is to appear in court Oct. 29 to decide whether he wants to go to trial.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/