Ex-ski instructor not guilty of rape | VailDaily.com

Ex-ski instructor not guilty of rape

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” A former ski instructor was found not guilty Thursday of raping a woman to whom he’d given lessons in the past, said Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

A jury found David Lorenzen, 44, not guilty of sexual assault using force, sexual assault overcoming a victim’s will and sex assault in a position of trust, Hurlbert said.

Jim Fahrenholtz, defense attorney for Lorenzen, described Lorenzen as “delighted.”

“We were able to show what we knew all along in the case, and we were able to present that to a fair-minded jury,” Fahrenholtz said.

Lorenzen was found guilty of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Hurlbert said.

Lorenzen bought the 17-year-old woman a six-pack of Smirnoff Ice, of which she drank almost four bottles.

Prosecutors will recommend prison for Lorenzen and the charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a minimum of two years, he said.

Hurlbert didn’t know why the jury found Lorenzen innocent of the sex charges, he said.

“Certainly these are tough cases, but we’re happy that he was convicted of a felony,” Hurlbert said.

An 18-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, accused Lorenzen, 44, of raping her in his Avon apartment in January 2006 after they had skied together at Beaver Creek. She was 17 at the time.

A judge will sentence Lorenzen June 20 at 11 a.m., Hurlbert said.

“He basically admitted to it,” Fahrenholtz said about Lorenzen’s guilty charge. “He takes responsibility for that.”

Lorenzen was not available for comment Thursday and Fahrenholtz said he would advise Lorenzen not to discuss the case before he was sentenced.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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