NEW YORK — A man who urinated on a girl on a Jet Blue flight out of Portland to New York had been training for the U.S. Ski Team on Mount Hood.
Robert "Sandy" Vietze, of Warren, Vt., was questioned by police and then given a federal summons charging him with indecent exposure on the red-eye flight.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced Friday that Vietze had been dismissed from the team for conduct violations. The JetBlue plane left Portland late Tuesday and arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning.
A Port Authority Police Department detective wrote in court documents that Vietze told him he had consumed five or six beers and two rum and cola cocktails before boarding the flight. He said he passed out in his seat and awoke to find himself being yelled at by the father of a girl.
Passengers said Vietze seemed 'out of it' and that he and the father of the girl had to be separated by flight attendants.
The Port Authority initially told the AP and other news outlets Thursday that federal prosecutors had decided to drop the indecent exposure 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 of up to a year in jail, although time behind bars would be very unusual in such a case.
The phone rang unanswered Thursday at the only listed phone number for a Vietze family in Warren.
A spokeswoman for JetBlue Airways Corp., based in Forest Hills, N.Y., confirmed that an "incident" had taken place aboard the flight and that police had been called, but she declined to discuss it further.
Vietze was nominated to the development team this spring after excelling as an alpine skier at the Green Mountain Valley School, a top ski academy and high school in Waitsfield, Vt., where tuition runs as much as $42,384 per year.
He had been scheduled to compete on the national ski team's developmental squad for the 2011-2012 season.