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Georgia scientist pleads guilty to punching girl on ski slopes (41yr old man punches 14yr girl)
ajc.com ^ | 3-9-11

Posted on 03/09/2011 10:48:36 AM PST by rawhide

A Decatur man accused of punching a 14-year-old girl in the face for running into his son on the slopes in Colorado has pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.

The Vail Daily reported Tuesday that the plea from 41-year-old Scott Filler, a renowned malaria expert, was for a misdemeanor stemming from the December incident at Beaver Creek Ski Resort.

Police reports say Filler thought the teen was skiing carelessly when she bumped into his 4-year-old son. Eagle County sheriff's deputies say that's when he jumped on the girl and hit her with his fist. The girl said she was swerving to avoid another skier.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert says Filler was sentenced to anger management classes and restitution, the amount of which would be determined by the girl.

Prosecutors also sought community service, but Hurlbert says the judge fined Filler $500 instead.

Three witnesses told deputies they observed Filler punch girl between two and four times.

The ski instructor who pulled the Decatur man off the girl told deputies Filler punched her "at least four times, using a closed fist," sheriff's Lt. Mike McWilliam told the AJC. Two other witnesses said they observed Filler yell at the girl before landing two or three punches, the sheriff's office spokesman said.

Filler, charged with misdemeanor child abuse, told deputies he thought the girl was skiing carelessly and had seriously injured his son. The boy was not hurt, however, and Filler apologized. The girl was treated for minor injuries at a local medical center.

Her father requested charges be filed against Filler, who was banned for life from Vail's six ski resorts.

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I do not agree at all with this ruling. This guy needed to spend time quality time in jail for his crime. To be fined $500 and sent to anger-management class, in addition to some restitution, just does not cut it. This guy needs to pay for his crime and, imo, he has not. He is probably laughing is head off as gotten off so easily.

prevous threads when this first happened last December:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2646026/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2646985/posts

1 posted on 03/09/2011 10:48:40 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide
Was it this guy?
THUGBOY
2 posted on 03/09/2011 10:51:18 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: rawhide

Hit my kid and he would need massive reconstructive surgery.


3 posted on 03/09/2011 10:53:30 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: rawhide

The man should get a minimum of 6 years in prison. That would be for a single punch. Hitting her multiple times is just evil.


4 posted on 03/09/2011 10:53:55 AM PST by roadcat
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To: rawhide
Another reason I gave up on skiing some years back. The teen’s were dangerous and the adults were nuts.
5 posted on 03/09/2011 10:54:30 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: rawhide

Your post with NO HTML:

I do not agree at all with this ruling. This guy needed to spend time quality time in jail for his crime. To be fined $500 and sent to anger-management class, in addition to some restitution, just does not cut it. This guy needs to pay for his crime and, imo, he has not. He is probably laughing is head off as gotten off so easily.
prevous threads when this first happened last December:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2646026/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2646985/posts


6 posted on 03/09/2011 10:55:04 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: rawhide

I am sure there is a lawsuit pending here, as well. But I agree. He should have spent some time in jail. Grown men ought not to go around punching little girls.


7 posted on 03/09/2011 10:55:04 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: rawhide

Any damn fool that would take a a four year old where there are hundreds of people sking should be charged with child endangerment, does the bastard still. Have his job. Some places are just not child safe.


8 posted on 03/09/2011 10:55:17 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: rawhide

Any damn fool that would take a a four year old where there are hundreds of people sking should be charged with child endangerment, does the bastard still. Have his job. Some places are just not child safe.


9 posted on 03/09/2011 10:55:24 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: rawhide

“Filler’s work as a “disease detective” with the Epidemic Intelligence Service was chronicled in former AJC reporter Maryn McKenna’s book, “Beating Back the Devil.””

So it was a case of mistaken identity.


10 posted on 03/09/2011 10:55:45 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: ladyvet
The teen’s were dangerous and the adults were nuts.

And the mountain was their personal property, just ask them.

11 posted on 03/09/2011 10:56:36 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: rawhide

Nonsense. Is there no accountability today? Who’s fault is it if some careless idiot runs into a 4 year old? 4 year olds are very small.

You can’t take rights of self defense away from men.

“Anger management” - what a pathetic thing. The sentence is about right.

2-4 times?? Which is it? It makes a big difference

What if it was a car? Would you blame the parent for beating the crap out of the driver? Skis can be just as hard on a 4 year old as a car, if they hit wrong


12 posted on 03/09/2011 10:56:56 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: rawhide

Mogul rage?


13 posted on 03/09/2011 10:56:59 AM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline, please contact the board administrator.)
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To: rawhide
I do not agree at all with this ruling.

I wonder if you have kids. Parents have a right to deal with threats to their children. The notion that 14 year-olds have no responsibility for their actions is a great mistake our society seems to make. I'm guessing that this "girl" wasn't charged with reckless endangerment. If it weren't for the father she would have suffered no discomfort whatever.

ML/NJ

14 posted on 03/09/2011 10:57:22 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: rawhide

Why wasn’t he over on the bunny slopes with his 4 year old boy? Was this a main skiing area? If you take a small child or any child out on the main slopes it can get crowded and hairy including when snow boarders show up. This scientist sounded like a university professor aka liberal.

Yeah go yell at the girl but to jump on her with fists. Not a good thing. He should be banned from all ski resorts.


15 posted on 03/09/2011 10:57:59 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: ml/nj

You are wrong!! The girl bumped into the kid because she was avoiding another skier. Instead of finding the reason his kid was hit, he immediately jumped on the girl and started pounding her. He was dead wrong. There is no excuse for what he did.


16 posted on 03/09/2011 11:01:21 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide
To be fined $500 and sent to anger-management class, in addition to some restitution, just does not cut it.

I disagree. It sounds about right to me. This wasn't some innocent little girl he punched, but some punk teenager who ran over a four year old! As a father of a toddler, I can tell you that no teenager who recklessly endangers my child is going to get off easy from me.

I agree that she didn't deserve to get punched, and he needs to learn how to control his anger, but she wasn't seriously injured.

The guy deserved a slap on the wrist, and that's what he got.

17 posted on 03/09/2011 11:01:36 AM PST by curiosity
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To: roadcat
The man should get a minimum of 6 years in prison. That would be for a single punch. Hitting her multiple times is just evil.

And reckelessly running over his four year old isn't?

18 posted on 03/09/2011 11:02:17 AM PST by curiosity
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To: rawhide

I’m astoundd that he tok a 4 yo out on a busy ski slope? I could see how easy it would be with a quick glace to miss someone so short and think your path was clear.She my hve never even realized the 4 yo was there until she hit him.It’s not like you have time to look 3 or 4 times on skis.


19 posted on 03/09/2011 11:03:41 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: ml/nj

Have you ever been on Skis?


20 posted on 03/09/2011 11:04:46 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: rawhide
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert says Filler was sentenced to anger management classes and restitution, the amount of which would be determined by the girl.


21 posted on 03/09/2011 11:05:16 AM PST by camerongood210
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To: La Lydia
Grown men ought not to go around punching little girls.

Well, in my defense, little girls are the only fighters I have a chance against.

22 posted on 03/09/2011 11:05:57 AM PST by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

the four year old was uninjured. The skis couldn’t have been too hard on him.


23 posted on 03/09/2011 11:06:41 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: ml/nj

Oh, by the way, the reason the girl swerved was another skier has fallen in front of her. She was not being reckless. She swerved and the 4yr old came into her path, and she was unable to avoid him. Shr tried but could not. The little boy was not hurt, the girl was injured.


24 posted on 03/09/2011 11:07:23 AM PST by rawhide
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
You can’t take rights of self defense away from men.

He punched her after the fact, when she no longer posed a danger. Hence this was not an act of defense.

The proper course of action would have been to report her to the ski patrol and get her lift ticket yanked.

At the same time, he didn't injure her, and it's not like she was innocent in all this, so he didn't deserve more than a slap on the wrist, which is what he got.

Kudos to a wise judge for striking the right balance.

25 posted on 03/09/2011 11:08:07 AM PST by curiosity
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To: La Lydia
Grown men ought not to go around punching little girls.

A fourteen-year-old is not a little girl, though I agree with you that he was wrong to have punched her.

26 posted on 03/09/2011 11:09:37 AM PST by curiosity
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To: curiosity

Your accusation does not stand up tp the facts. The girl had swerved to avoid a skier who had fallen in front of her. The little boy came into her path. She tried to avoid him, but could not. She was not reckless.


27 posted on 03/09/2011 11:09:43 AM PST by rawhide
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To: curiosity

Did you read the article? It said the teen girl was trying to avoid another skier, not that she was out looking for toddlers to run over. Have you ever been skiing? It’s not a place for small children.


28 posted on 03/09/2011 11:10:34 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Scott Filler, is that you?


29 posted on 03/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PST by steel_resolve (Boycott Made In China Garbage)
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To: curiosity

You don’t get it.


30 posted on 03/09/2011 11:12:31 AM PST by Paytriot (Live long and prosper)
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To: curiosity

He deserves a slap on the wrist for punching a little girl repeatedly in the face?

That’s sick.


31 posted on 03/09/2011 11:13:04 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz, when you fight you as supposed to use something other than your Johnson to hit them with. This is not the time to hit just anything.


32 posted on 03/09/2011 11:14:07 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: curiosity
To be fined $500 and sent to anger-management class, in addition to some restitution, just does not cut it. I disagree. It sounds about right to me. This wasn't some innocent little girl he punched, but some punk teenager who ran over a four year old! As a father of a toddler, I can tell you that no teenager who recklessly endangers my child is going to get off easy from me. I agree that she didn't deserve to get punched, and he needs to learn how to control his anger, but she wasn't seriously injured. The guy deserved a slap on the wrist, and that's what he got.

And if the girls father came along and kicked the crap out of the guy, that should be OK too, correct? What would he 'deserve'?

33 posted on 03/09/2011 11:14:14 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Vor Lady
Did you read the article? It said the teen girl was trying to avoid another skier, not that she was out looking for toddlers to run over.

Then she was skiing too fast. There's no excuse for running into a child on the bunny slope.

Have you ever been skiing?

I ski between 10 - 14 days per year.

It’s not a place for small children.

This was a bunny slope, which most definitely is a place appropriate for small children.

34 posted on 03/09/2011 11:14:34 AM PST by curiosity
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To: Cheetahcat
Seem that he "lost it" to anger... acting with the same emotional reflex as that in in your post...Hit my kid and he would need massive reconstructive surgery. Sometimes people misread a situation. That said, I hope that the "some restitution" was generous to the girl. Also, if he really thought that his son had been seriously injured his concern should have been with his son, not exacting revenge on a 14 year old girl. Ski slopes can be dangerous and chaotic places.
35 posted on 03/09/2011 11:14:59 AM PST by zadox (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Reagan)
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To: ml/nj

Living in The People’s Republic of New Jersey you are used to getting “ beat up” , especially by the government and Gestopo State Police . Its sad that your citizens can’t even arm themselves for protection in public.Then again elections have consequences and the people elected the bozos who run your “State of Confusion”


36 posted on 03/09/2011 11:15:14 AM PST by Renegade
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To: rawhide

It appears that the Court is prompting Coloradans (adapted to high altitude) to resolve the next such incident on site.


37 posted on 03/09/2011 11:15:14 AM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: rawhide
Your accusation does not stand up tp the facts. The girl had swerved to avoid a skier who had fallen in front of her.

This was a bunny slope, according to one of the linked articles. If she had to hit someone to avoid an obsticle, she was skiing too fast.

There's no excuse for hitting a child on the bunny slope.

38 posted on 03/09/2011 11:16:12 AM PST by curiosity
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

You really need a different screen name. This is twice in a couple days that I have seen you post vile things, including profanity.


39 posted on 03/09/2011 11:16:50 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: rawhide
You are wrong!! The girl bumped into the kid because she was avoiding another skier.

So you were there and you know, I guess. I wasn't. Parents have some sense of who is a threat to their kids and who isn't. The father thought the girl was skiing recklessly. Otherwise, given the girl's self-serving scenario and the assumption that the father is some sort of madman, he would have gone after you other skier.

ML/NJ

40 posted on 03/09/2011 11:19:15 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: paul51
And if the girls father came along and kicked the crap out of the guy, that should be OK too, correct?

I never said that what he did was okay. I have explictly stated, multiple times, that he was wrong. He deserved to be punished, and he was, and his punishment was appropriate.

If the girl's father beat the crap out of him, he would also be wrong and would deserve a comparable punishment.

41 posted on 03/09/2011 11:19:17 AM PST by curiosity
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To: Cheetahcat

She did hit his kid. She does not need massive reconstructive surgery. So I guess everyone involved is glad that you were not.


42 posted on 03/09/2011 11:19:26 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: curiosity

Gee. Maybe the girl was learning to ski, too.

And many 14 year olds are definitely little girls.


43 posted on 03/09/2011 11:20:43 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: roadcat

“Hitting her multiple times is just evil.”

Probably just lost his temper. It’s an emotional response. Not rational. Not evil.


44 posted on 03/09/2011 11:20:56 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Politicalmom
He deserves a slap on the wrist for punching a little girl repeatedly in the face?

A fourteen-year-old is not a little girl.

45 posted on 03/09/2011 11:21:32 AM PST by curiosity
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To: chris_bdba
Have you ever been on Skis?

Yes. But I've been on ice skates a lot more.

ML/NJ

46 posted on 03/09/2011 11:21:55 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: All

The number of “men” on this thread who think that punching a girl in the face is a reasonable act, and shouldn’t be punished is APPALLING.


47 posted on 03/09/2011 11:22:13 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: Politicalmom
And many 14 year olds are definitely little girls.

I'll tell you what's sick: treating teenagers like little children.

48 posted on 03/09/2011 11:22:56 AM PST by curiosity
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To: Politicalmom; curiosity
"Gee. Maybe the girl was learning to ski, too."

One of the earlier posted articles does specifically say that she was a member of a ski school class, which would indicate that she was just learning as well.

I only went skiing once, and spent most of my time on the learner's run. I don't know how many times I fell, was hit, run into, or run over before I decided I might as well try the intermediate slope, figuring that I couldn't get hurt any worse than I had already.

49 posted on 03/09/2011 11:24:04 AM PST by BlueLancer (Nuke Austin from orbit .... it's the only way to be sure.)
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To: curiosity

You’re a disgusting bully.


50 posted on 03/09/2011 11:24:10 AM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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