Last March, Andrew Crooks, a 49-year-old Calgary lawyer, was charged by Royal Canadian Mounted Police with assaulting a 10-year-old female snowboarder who was part of a group program at Nakiska, Alberta.
Eyewitnesses reported that the girl passed close by Crooks on a narrow connector trail, causing him to conduct a "full-on yard sale," in the words of Nakiska operations manager Curtis Arnold. Crooks then reportedly followed the girl to a nearby halfpipe and knocked her down in front of her classmates and coaches, who stepped in to save her from the lawyer's wrath. "He basically lost it," said one witness.
Crooks later completed a court-approved "alternative measures" program, and charges were dropped. "He certainly regrets that the incident took place," said a spokesperson for Crooks.