A U.S. Ski Team member just lost his shot at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia after being charged with urinating on a young girl on a JetBlue flight from Oregon to New York, officials said on Friday.
Robert "Sandy" Vietze, 18, was bumped from the U.S. Development Alpine Ski Team. He had just been nominated for the 2011-12 season.
"Based on the information we have, Sandy Vietze is in violation of the USSA code of conduct and team agreement, and has been dismissed from the team," Luke Bodensteiner, the executive vice president of athletics for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said in a statement.
Vietze was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport by Port Authority police and faces federal misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure for urinating on a minor, according to the Port Authority and the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn.It carries a maximum punishment of a fine and a year in jail.
The incident took place on a JetBlue flight from Portland, Oregon, to New York on Wednesday. Shortly after takeoff, Vietze staggered to go to the bathroom but ended up emptying his bladder on a 11-year-old girl who was sleeping alone in her seat, while her father had taken her sister were to the restroom.
Vietze was caught by the girl's father- "midstream-" as the New York post puts it. When confronted by the girl's dad Vietze said that he had had an "accident", according to media reports.
Vietze later told law enforcement sources that he was drunk and had consumed about eight alcoholic drinks before boarding the flight.
"I did not realize I was pissing on her leg," Vietze told cops, reports the New York Post.
"Vietze remembers boarding the flight and later passing out. Vietze reported that the alcohol 'hit' him during the flight. The next thing he remembers is being yelled at by the girl's father," according to Detective Shawn Russell of the Port Authority Police Department.
Vietze attended one of the top ski academies in the United States and had been selected for the U.S. Ski Team's 2011-12 developmental squad.