Officials investigate jail assault |

Officials investigate jail assault

Christina M. Currie

An assault in the Moffat County Jail that landed a former high school golf coach in the hospital remains under investigation.

Thomas Dockstader, 45, was assaulted Monday, shortly after being booked into the Moffat County Jail on charges of violating a restraining order.

Moffat County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Holford said just because the jail facility is monitored, doesn’t mean a case is cut and dry.

“We think we might know who did it, but the videotape is really bad,” he said.

Dockstader, who has since been released on bond, 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.

Holford said those charges might have been the motivation for the assault.

He said he doesn’t think Dock–stader knows who assaulted him.

Reportedly, Dockstader was sitting on his bed with his head in his hands when another inmate attacked him. Officials are sure it wasn’t his cell mate, but beyond that it could have been one of several others.

Cell doors often are left open, Holford said. Cells open to a “day room” which is behind bars and inmates freely travel between their cells and the day room. There is video surveillance of the day room, but it is a violation of an inmate’s privacy to have cameras in the cells.

Holford said that inmates will generally enter a cell in groups, so there is no proof of who actually committed the assault.

“Most assaults happen in cells,” he said. “They’ve learned to start doing it in the cells because we can’t see them.”

At this point, there are no witnesses.

“The people they’ve talked to aren’t talking, and they won’t,” Holford said. “Very seldom do inmates ever tell you anything. If they do, they may be next.”

Dockstader suffered two black eyes, several bruises and chipped teeth.

His attorney, Kristopher Ham–mond, did not return phone calls about the case. Holford said it will be up to Dock–stader whether to press charges.

The Sheriff’s Office will forward the results of its investigation to the district attorney. It will be up to the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether to go forward, Holford said.

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