A 41-year-old Decatur man on vacation in Colorado faces misdemeanor child abuse charges after allegedly punching a 14-year-old girl in the face on Dec. 17.
Scott Filler, who is a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta according to reports, could face up to two years in county jail, said district attorney Mark Hulbert.
According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, a 14-year old girl from Mexico was skiing with a ski school class on a beginner slope at the Beaver Creek Ski Resort. The girl swerved to avoid a fallen skier and bumped into Filler’s 4-year-old son and both fell to the ground.
Filler thought the girl was skiing recklessly, according to police, and jumped on top of the 14-year-old and punched her in the face with his fist. The ski instructor told Filler he was punching a girl and got him to stop, said Lt. Mike McWilliam of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
The father then realized that his son was not injured and apologized for his inappropriate behavior, police said.
The girl was taken to a nearby medical clinic and was treated for minor injuries and released. The girl’s father decided to press charges.
“It does happen, but it’s very, very rare,” Hulbert said of altercations on the ski slopes. “There is no mandatory jail time. It all really depends on each case and the injuries sustained.”
No court date has been set, Hulbert said, but typically a case is heard 30 to 60 days after the incident. A plea bargain also is a possibility, Hulbert said.