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Rape case interrupted by mistrial

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” The trial of a former Beaver Creek ski instructor accused of rape has been delayed until May, the District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

David Lorenzen, 44, faces four sexual assault charges for allegedly raping a 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said that the Avon Police Department was late in providing information to Lorenzen’s defense lawyers and the trial, which was supposed to have taken place Monday through Wednesday, was declared a mistrial.

“We have to provide information in a timely manner to the defense attorney,” said Hurlbert, who would not say what the information was.

Lorenzen’s trial has been rescheduled for three days beginning May 1.

Lorenzen allegedly skied with the girl on his day off the morning of Jan. 7, 2006, and, according to Avon police, she later agreed to drink a beer with him.

Both ended up at Lorenzen’s Sunridge Phase II apartment where the girl drank four malt beers and then was raped while she repeatedly said “no,” Avon police said.

Lorenzen later admitted to raping the girl in a recorded conversation between the two, according to an Avon police report.

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.

Lorenzen faces counts of sexual assault using force; sexual assault overcoming a victim’s will; sex assault in a position of trust; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Hurlbert said.

The three sex assault charges could land Lorenzen in prison from 40 years to life.

J.K. Perry contributed to this article.

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