Sandy Vietze, an 18-year-old ski racer accused of urinating on an 11-year-old girl during a red-eye flight earlier this week, could face federal charges for indecent exposure.
The United States Ski Team dumped Vietze from its development team roster after learning that Vietze had relieved himself on a fellow passenger during a flight from Oregon to New York on Tuesday night. The incident reportedly occurred after Vietze consumed eight alcoholic beverages.
Upon landing, Vietze was met by Port Authority police who issued him a federal summons. Indecent exposure is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Several phone calls to Vietze's family's home in Warren, Vermont, went unanswered.
The case is pending but no date has been set yet for a court appearance, according to Robert Nardoza of the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, which would have jurisdiction over the matter.
An official at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which oversees the national team, confirmed Friday that Vietze had been cut from the team.
"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," said Luke Bodensteiner, vice president of athletics for USSA.
Vietze is ranked in the top 500 in the world in slalom and super G disciplines. He was named to the U.S. Ski Team's development squad in the spring, just before he graduated from Green Mountain Valley School, an elite ski academy in Waitsfield, Vermont.