Ex-golf coach accused of violating restraining order
Former Moffat County High School girls golf coach Tom Dockstader, 45, was arrested Monday for allegedly violating a restraining order issued to protect a girl he is accused of sexually assaulting.
While Dock–stader was in the Moffat County Jail, he apparently was assaulted. He appeared in court Tuesday with two black eyes, a bruised face and several chipped teeth.
A warrant was issued for Dockstader’s arrest on Monday after a report was made that he was at a place — the Yampa Valley Golf Course — that the alleged victim frequents. Also, he was accompanied at one point by children younger than 18. He is prohibited from both activities by a temporary restraining order issued against him.
Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Michael O’Hara ruled there was enough evidence that Dockstader violated the protective order and thus the conditions of his bail. On Tuesday, O’Hara ordered Dockstader held on $25,000 bond.
According to a release from the Moffat County Jail, Dockstader is being placed in isolation “for his safety and the safety of all other inmates.”
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the alleged assault on Dockstader while he was in the jail.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Fitch said Dockstader was at the golf course and made eye contact with his alleged victim across the parking lot. Dockstader’s attorney argued that he was more than 100 yards from her.
Fitch said that the alleged victim was “terrified” because he stared at her. She did go on to play 18 holes of golf.
Dockstader faces a Class 3 felony charge of sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust and a Class 4 felony of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges are in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred when the student was 16 and 17. She is now 18.
Dockstader pleaded not guilty to the charges in April. The case is scheduled for a jury trial starting Sept. 12.
Violating a protective order is a Class 2 misdemeanor and violating the conditions of bail is a Class 6 felony. Dockstader will be in court again June 21 for a motions hearing and for a review of his bond.
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