Warrant issued for former Beaver Creek ski instructor | VailDaily.com

Warrant issued for former Beaver Creek ski instructor

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – An Eagle County judge has issued an arrest warrant for a former Beaver Creek ski instructor once accused of raping a 17-year-old ski student at his Avon apartment in January of 2006.

David Lorenzen was acquitted by a jury on the sexual assault charges but did jail time for contributing to the delinquency of a minor for buying beer for the then 17-year-old girl and was to begin probation after his release.

An attorney representing the family of the victim said he was released weeks ago and has disappeared, causing the family concern.

The Eagle County Court confirmed Wednesday that Judge R. Thomas Moorhead issued an arrest warrant for Lorenzen on Tuesday for failure to comply with the probation sentence.

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 against him for sexual assault. 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 woman’s alleged rape based on what they knew of the man’s background.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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