by Dalton Carver
The District Attorney’s Office had a specific request for Ridgway resident and former assistant fire chief Travis Buck at his arraignment appearance on a charge of sexual assault with a 10-year age difference, at the Ouray County Courthouse the morning of Sept. 22.
Seth Ryan, assistant district attorney, asked Hon. Cory Jackson to forbid Buck to interact with anyone under the age of 18, with the exception of Buck’s own children.
The underage victim’s mother wanted to take the request a step further. She suggested Buck also be restricted from contact with his own children.
As part of the request, Ryan asked Jackson to prohibit Buck from consuming alcohol and possessing firearms and any controlled substances.
The victim's mother was allowed to speak during Buck’s arraignment Thursday morning. According to the mother, her daughter and Buck shared a physical relationship while Buck and the victim's mother were co-workers.
“My daughter’s innocence was taken by a 33-year-old married man,” said the victim's mother. She asked Jackson to grant all of Ryan’s requests.
Buck's attorney, Harvey Palefsky, requested the opposite. Calling into the courthouse Thursday morning, the Montrose attorney said there was no evidence presented aside from the mother’s statement to support Buck's protection order against those under 18.
“Mr. Buck is presumed innocent,” said Palefsky. “The court has no authority with the under-18 exclusion.”
Palefsky also had an issue with...