Former ski instructor arrested in Avon
Vail, CO Colorado
AVON – Avon Police arrested 47-year-old David Lorenzen Thursday, just days after a warrant for the former Beaver Creek ski instructor’s arrest was issued by an Eagle County judge.
Lorenzen had served jail time for contributing to the delinquency of a minor – a charge that stemmed from claims that one of his 17-year-old ski students made, which included a sexual assault accusation of which he was found not guilty. He was to report for probation in Eagle County, but seemed to have disappeared since his release from jail in late March.
Lorenzen was acquitted by a jury on the sexual assault charges, but probation was part of his sentence for buying the then 17-year-old girl beer in 2006.
Avon Police Sgt. Rob Sheehan acted on a tip from Eagle County Probation that Lorenzen was staying with friends at an Avon residence. Avon Police found Lorenzen and arrested him without incident, Sheehan said.
“He was pretty quiet – he didn’t say a whole lot,” Sheehan said.
Sheehan said Lorenzen also had marijuana on him at the time of his arrest Thursday.
Lorenzen, who had worked as a ski instructor for the family for 10 years and for Beaver Creek since 1988, lost a civil law suit for sexual assault filed by the victim and her family. The damages have yet to be awarded to the family in that suit.
The family also sued Vail Resorts for negligence in hiring Lorenzen, because he had an arrest record that included drunken driving charges, marijuana possession and criminal mischief, but lost that suit. A jury said the ski company could not have foreseen the sexual assault allegation based on what they knew of the man’s background.
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