U.S. skier tossed off team over in-flight urination

(AP) - An 18-year-old was dismissed from the U.S. Ski Team's development squad after he was accused of getting drunk and then urinating on a

NEW YORK - (AP) - An 18-year-old was dismissed from the U.S. Ski Team's development squad after he was accused of getting drunk and then urinating on a 12-year-old girl aboard a JetBlue flight.Robert "Sandy" Vietze, of Warren, Vt., was detained by policeat New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesdaymorning after arriving on a red-eye flight from Portland, Ore.He faces a federal misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure,according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn."Based on the information we have, Sandy Vietze is in violationof the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has beendismissed from the team," U.S. Ski and Snowboard AssociationExecutive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner said in anemail sent to The Associated Press on Friday.

The AP's attempts to reach Vietze and his parents for commenthave been unsuccessful. The phone has been ringing unanswered atthe family's home since Thursday, when news of the incident wasfirst reported in the New York Post.Vietze was nominated to the development team this spring afterexcelling as an alpine skier at the Green Mountain Valley School, atop ski academy and high school in Waitsfield, Vt., where tuitionruns as much as $42,384 per year. He had been scheduled to competeon the national ski team's developmental squad for the 2011-2012season.A Port Authority Police Department detective wrote in courtdocuments that Vietze told him he had consumed five or six beersand two rum and cola cocktails before boarding the flight. He saidhe passed out in his seat and awoke to find himself being yelled atby the father of a 12-year-old girl.The girl's father told the detective that when he returned froma trip to the bathroom at 2:30 a.m., he found Vietze urinating onhis daughter.The man described Vietze as "out of it."The Port Authority initially told the AP and other news outletsThursday that federal prosecutors had decided to drop the indecentexposure charge, but a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office,Robert Nardoza, said Friday that the case is still pending.The charge carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and a possibility ofup to a year in jail, although time behind bars would be veryunusual in such a case.

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