Man acquitted of molesting girl in wrong Clayton hotel room

Man acquitted of molesting girl in wrong Clayton hotel room

Daniel Hughes, accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at a Clayton Ritz-Carlton Hotel more than three years ago, is now on trial.

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 9:18 AM

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at a Clayton Ritz-Carlton Hotel more than three years ago was found not guilty on Monday.

Daniel Hughes was acquitted of three counts of child molestation and one count of sodomy.

Hughes told police a clerk at the hotel gave him the wrong room key while he was drunk on March 6, 2011. He then entered the hotel room where the girl was sleeping

The girl testified that Hughes touched her inappropriately.A 14-year-old girl and a friend were also in the room.

Police say the girl eventually alerted her parents, who were sleeping in an adjoining room. They chased Hughes from the room and he was later apprehended in the hotel lobby by Clayton police.

According to Clayton police, Hughes said he thought the child was a woman he'd met earlier in the night while drinking.

Hughes was in town on business when the incident occurred.

The family of the victim later filed suit against Hughes, the hotel and Hughes’ former employer, Enterprise Leasing.

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