Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Vail Resorts acquitted in case involving ski school


BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (MTN) -- A jury has found Vail Resorts innocent of a claim that it was negligent in the hiring of a ski instructor. The ski instructor had sex with a 17-year-old girl whom he had been teaching.

The instructor had been previously accused by local prosecutors of raping the girl at his condominium in Beaver Creek in 2006. However, jurors last winter acquitted him of that charge, although finding him guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, notes the Vail Daily.

In a civil case, the girl and her mother sued the company, saying that Vail Resorts should have known better than to hire him. The company had employed him for 17 years, and could find no evidence of doing a background check on him until 2004, less than two years before the sexual act occurred. That check only found two charges of driving while under the influence. However, in fact, he had a much longer string of brushes with the law, including several other arrests for DUI.

However, a jury in Denver concluded from the evidence presented at the trial that the ski company was not negligent for employing him.

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