This is about as close as you will see to a hate crime being perpetrated on the mountain bike community. Spread the word that this behavior will be punished criminally.
by Teresa Ristow
A Jackson County-employed psychiatrist who the
Forest Service says admitted to sabotaging mountain-biking trails in the
Ashland watershed will head to court in late October after his actions
allegedly injured three bikers and put others in danger.
Tyler Dempsey, 57, of Ashland, was arrested July 22 after he admitted
to laying nylon cord, nails and vegetation along trails on multiple
occasions because he "did not like downhill mountain bikers," according
to a report from the U.S. Forest Service officer who arrested Dempsey.
Ashland mountain biker Bill Roussel said that
on July 22 he spotted a man walking on the mountain biking trails and
reported him to a Forest Service officer.
arresting officer reported that he found Dempsey near milepost 11 on
Forest Service Road 2080 near Mount Ashland later that morning. He said
Dempsey admitted to sabotaging trails on at least five different days in
June and July.
Dempsey is employed as a
psychiatrist at Jackson County Mental Health in Medford. When contacted
by phone, Anne Larson, director of the Mental Health Department, said
she could not comment on the case. On previous phone calls, Mental
Health Department employees answering the phone said Dempsey was with
patients and not available. Dempsey did not return multiple calls in
July or on Friday seeking comment.
who owns the mountain-biking shuttle service Ashland Mountain
Adventures, said in July that he had seen the same man on numerous
occasions walking along mountain biking trails in the watershed.
officer reported Dempsey had a piece of nylon cord with him, which
appeared identical to four other nylon cords the officer had recovered
in the previous six weeks.
arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and three counts of
reckless endangerment. He is due in court Oct. 29 to face the charges.
mountain bikers sustained minor injuries because of hitting either the
cords or vegetation that Dempsey admitted to placing across the trail,
according to the report.
Roussel said that on
the day of the arrest he received a minor cut on his leg after hitting a
log that had been dragged onto the trail.
Forest Service in July declined to identify Dempsey as the suspect in
the trail sabotage after receiving a request from the Mail Tribune.
Dempsey's arrest was public record but there were no accompanying
details to positively link him to the trail case. The Forest Service
also denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the newspaper.
Dempsey was identified as the suspect Friday through newly released
state court records.
Since the July arrest,
Roussel hasn't found any new vandalism on trails in the watershed,
according to Sue Roussel, his wife and co-owner of Ashland Mountain
"It was a really stressful six weeks," she said Friday. "We're waiting to see what happens next."
previous court date of Sept. 24 was postponed because Dempsey was
working through mediation with the state regarding his charges,
according to court records.
See the original story on the Mail Tribune site HERE