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Park City man charged with attacking teenage skier

Skiers and snowboarders glide down the Regulator run at Snowbird on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Skiers and snowboarders glide down a run at a local ski resort on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

PARK CITY — A Park City man was charged Friday with child abuse after he allegedly attacked a teenage skier on the slopes.

A 17-year-old girl was skiing down a slope when police say she stopped to wait for some friends. That’s when a man “approached and began yelling at her” and then grabbed her neck “and started squeezing” before shoving her to the ground, where he “continued to squeeze her neck while yelling at her,” according to charging documents.

Another person pulled the man off of the girl.

Marcelo Pablo Jose Portomene, 40, is charged in Summit County’s 3rd District Court with child abuse, a second-degree felony.

The charges do not say whether Portomene knew the girl, or if there had been a prior interaction between the two.

Park City police on Friday referred all questions to the Summit County Attorney’s Office, which did not immediately return a call for comment.