Man Sues Hotel, Claims He Got in Bed With Girl, 9, After Staff Gave Him the Wrong Key

A man acquitted of child molestation charges has sued a Ritz Carlton hotel, claiming he was given the wrong room key, and then got in bed with 9-year-old.

A man acquitted of child molestation has sued a Missouri Ritz-Carlton hotel, alleging a clerk gave him the wrong room key, which caused him to crawl in bed with a 9-year-old girl.

Daniel Hughes was charged with three counts of child molestation and one count of statutory sodomy, but was found not guilty on all counts in 2014.

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The child and prosecutors said Hughes, then 42, got into bed with her wearing only his underwear and touched her sexually, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Scott Rosenblum, Hughes' lawyer, argued his client was drunk and only embraced the girl, thinking she was a woman he'd been out with earlier in the night.

Rosenblum also said his inebriated client mistakenly asked for a key to a room that was not his.

In his suit filed last week against the Ritz-Carlton, Hughes claims staff were negligent in not checking his identification before giving him the key.

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He lost a high-paying job with Enterprise Leasing Co. because of his arrest, the Pennsylania man claims in his suit. He was in the St. Louis area on a business trip when the hotel incident occurred.

He is seeking unspecified damages.

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