Jackson Co. employee accused of sabotaging trails

Young Man Cycling in a Forest


JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — A 57-year-old man was arrested following the accusation that he placed nails, nylon cord and vegetation on trails this summer to sabotage mountain bikers.

Jackson Dempsey was arrested by a U.S. Forest Service officer. He is a psychiatrist who lives in Ashland and is employed at Jackson County Mental Health.

The trail sabotage led to three bikers reportedly sustaining minor injuries.

He is charged with reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault. He is due in court Oct. 29.