Rape charges against ex-instructor upheld
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE ” A mother’s e-mail doubting her 17-year-old daughter’s rape allegation will not prevent prosecution of the defendant, an Eagle County district judge ruled Tuesday.
Based on conflicting stories that her nieces told her, the mother said in an e-mail to investigators that she doubted that former Beaver Creek ski instructor David Lorenzen committed the rape of which he has been accused by police and prosecutors.
“It’s important, but it’s also second-hand hearsay,” Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said of the e-mail.
A mistrial was declared in February after the Avon Police Department was late in providing the information to Lorenzen’s defense lawyers before the trial.
Lorenzen, 44, faces four sexual-assault charges for allegedly raping the teenager, whose name is being withheld. Eagle County District Judge R. Thomas Moorhead Tuesday denied Lorenzen’s motion to dismiss the charges due to the late evidence. Lorenzen’s four-day trial begins May 1.
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Lorenzen’s lawyer, Jim Fahrenholtz, said Tuesday Avon police intentionally overlooked important evidence that bolstered Lorenzen’s case, but Moorhead said investigators didn’t do so intentionally. Police made an “unfortunate” and “unacceptable” mistake, Moorhead said.
Lorenzen skied with the girl on his day off the morning of Jan. 7, 2006, and she later agreed to drink a beer with him, Avon police said.
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.
In a recorded conversation between the two, Lorenzen said he raped the girl, according to an Avon Police report.
Fahrenholtz said newspapers have printed only information about the tape that favors the prosecution’s argument, but refused to divulge what in the tape supports Lorenzen’s innocence.
“There’s always two sides to every story and the jury’s going to hear both sides,” Fahrenholtz said.
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 for 40 years to life.
Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.