Alleged victim has sued Vail Resorts
Vail, CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK ” Vail Resorts employed rape-trial defendant David Lorenzen to teach children how to ski despite a public criminal record of arrests and convictions, according to a lawsuit filed by the alleged victim and her mother.
The 18-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, has accused former Beaver Creek Ski instructor David Lorenzen, 44, of raping her in January 2006. The second day of the criminal trial began Wednesday.
“Vail knew or should have known of Lorenzen’s prior and continuing criminal and antisocial history when he was hired,” the lawsuit states.
The mother and daughter are seeking $100,000 for personal injury from assault, battery, false imprisonment and negligence, according to the lawsuit.
The woman, who had known Lorenzen for 10 years, met him the morning of Jan. 7, 2006, to ski, she has said.
Lorenzen, who was wearing a Beaver Creek instructor’s uniform, skied one run with the woman and the two went to her apartment, where he later raped her, she said.
Vail Resorts billed the plaintiffs for $595 for the Jan. 7 lesson, the lawsuit states.
Vail Resorts filed to dismiss the lawsuit on April 17 because Lorenzen was not scheduled to work the day he skied with the woman, the lawsuit states.
Vail “may be held liable only if Lorenzen was acting within the course and scope of his employment, in furtherance of Vail’s business,” the company said in its request to dismiss the case.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation records showed Lorenzen has been arrested four times for drunk driving, as well as for possession of marijuana, criminal mischief, trespassing and attempted vehicle theft.