VAIL - Police have charged a man with child abuse for allegedly punching a 14-year-old girl in the face Friday on Beaver Creek Mountain, Eagle County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike McWilliam said in a statement.
The Sheriff's Office gave Scott Filler, 41, of Decatur, Ga., a summons to appear in court for misdemeanor child abuse, McWilliam said.
The 14-year-old girl from Mexico had been skiing on a beginner run, which Beaver Creek officials have identified as Haymaker trail, with a ski school class when she swerved to avoid a skier who had fallen in front of her, the statement said. The girl bumped into a 4-year-old boy who had been skiing with his father on the same run, McWilliam said. The boy and girl fell, the statement said.
The father of the 4-year-old boy said he thought his son had been seriously hurt and that the girl had been skiing carelessly, McWilliam said. Police said the man jumped on top of the girl and hit her in the face with his fist, McWilliam said in the statement. The skiing instructor intervened and stopped the father from further assaulting the girl, the statement said. The father then realized his son was not injured and apologized for his inappropriate behavior, McWilliam said.
The girl went to a medical clinic, where she was treated for minor injuries, the release said.
Several calls to a Decatur, Ga., phone number listed in the White Pages for Filler were not answered. Police did not provide additional contact information for Filler because they had not yet released the full incident report.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said a conviction could result in up to two years in county jail.
In a statement, Beaver Creek Resort officials said Vail Resorts places the "highest value on the safety of its guests and its employees."
"Guests should have every reason not to expect this type of behavior," the statement said. "Vail Resorts has zero tolerance for aggressive behavior at any of our resorts. In this instance, the man's skiing privileges have been revoked indefinitely at all six of Vail Resorts' mountains. In addition, the man has been banned from all Vail Resorts properties indefinitely."
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