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Rape trial starts with woman’s testimony

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” An 18-year-old woman testified Tuesday that a ski instructor raped her and accepted a $100 tip from her mother afterward.

“I was saying things like, ‘No’ and ‘I want to go meet my mom,'” the woman said about the alleged rape.

The 18-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, has accused former Beaver Creek Ski instructor David Lorenzen of raping her in January 2006. The woman repeatedly told Lorenzen no and struggled against him several times, she said.

But Lorenzen’s lawyer, Jim Fahrenholtz, said the woman had sent the defendant “sexually suggestive” text messages and that a taped conversation between the two will prove his client’s innocence.

Lorenzen, 44, faces four sexual-assault charges. His four-day trial began in an Eagle County courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

The defense’s evidence completely contradicts the prosecution’s evidence, Fahrenholtz told the jury in his opening statement.

The woman was bored and wanted some excitement the last day of her vacation, so she contacted the defendant the night of January 6, 2006, Fahrenholtz said.

The woman sent the defendant “sexually suggestive” text messages and the defense will present those records as evidence in the trial, he said.

The jury will hear a taped conversation ” recorded by police ” between Lorenzen and the woman that also would support Lorenzen’s innocence, Fahrenholtz said.

The woman, who had known Lorenzen for 10 years, met him the morning of Jan. 7, 2006, at the bottom of Centennial Lift on Beaver Creek mountain to ski, she said.

She boarded the lift with Lorenzen, who was wearing a Beaver Creek instructor’s uniform, she said.

Lorenzen asked her whether she wanted to get a drink. She agreed, thinking Lorenzen would buy her a drink at a local restaurant, she said.

At the bottom of the mountain, Lorenzen told her to wait by the bus stop while he changed into street clothes, she said.

He went to the liquor store and bought her Smirnoff Ice, she said.

As they approached Lorenzen’s apartment, Lorenzen told her his roommate shouldn’t be home, the woman said.

In his living room, he made a mixed a drink for himself and gave the woman a Smirnoff Ice, she said.

Lorenzen “started making gestures I was uncomfortable with” and asked her about her sexual history, the woman said.

“He was saying how he wanted to be my first, how cute I was,” she said.

Lorenzen poured them shots of liquor and began smoking marijuana, which he offered to the woman, who told him no, she said.

The woman agreed to watch television with Lorenzen, who told her the television in the living room had broken and that they should watch it in his room, she said.

In his bedroom, Lorenzen told the woman to call her mother to tell her she would be late to meet her at noon, she said.

“I asked him why. He said, ‘I just wanted to talk more,'” she said.

Lorenzen played a pornographic video, which made the woman feel uncomfortable, she said.

He got up to lock the front door in case his roommate came home, she said.

Lorenzen repeatedly touched her hand and leg and then grabbed her body, forcing her beneath him, she said.

She repeatedly said no and tried to push Lorenzen off, but he continued to sexually assault her and rape her, she said.

“I was pretty intoxicated and couldn’t really tell if it was a dream or what was going on,” she said.

She drank almost four alcoholic beverages in Lorenzen’s apartment, she said.

Lorenzen would later tell the 17-year-old’s mother when they met later, “I worked her good, we had a good morning,” said Deputy District Attorney Dave Hoerber.

The woman told her mother she felt sick and returned to her hotel room, she said.

Lorenzen went skiing with her mother, she said.

Several months later, her parents reported the incident to police, she said.

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.

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

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.

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

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