Guest Files Lawsuit Against Ritz-Carlton, Says They 'Ruined His Life'

After a night of drinking with friends, Daniel Hughes accidentally crawled into bed with a 9-year-old girl when hotel staff at Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis gave him the wrong room key. While Mr Hughes has been acquitted of child molestation charges, he believes the incident cost him his job and ‘ruined his life’ and is now seeking to sue the hotel for their blatant negligence.

Mr Hughes was at the Ritz-Carlton, Missouri, on a business trip in 2011 when he stumbled back to his hotel after a night out with drinking buddies. Mr Hughes’s blood alcohol content has been estimated to be around three times the legal driving limit.

In his intoxicated state, Mr Hughes entered the wrong hotel room with a key given to him by hotel staff. The staff member on duty did not look at Mr Hughes' ID or check hotel records for his room number before handing him the key to another family’s room.

When Mr Hughes crawled into bed, he assumed the other person sleeping there was a woman his drinking friends had arranged to sleep in his room, however, it was actually a 9-year-old girl. Prosecutors claim that Mr Hughes sexually touched the girl after that she ran into her parent’s room next door and claimed Mr Hughes touched her ‘pa cha cha’.

Mr Hughes faced three charges of sexual assault and one charge of statutory sodomy. However, as the case went to court, it became clear that Mr Hughes hadn’t had any intention of assaulting the young girl. At the time of the incident, the responding police officer, a child’s victim advocate, prosecutors or even the child’s own mother asked the young girl for specific details about her accusation against Mr Hughes, shrouding the whole accusation itself in doubt.

Furthermore, the Clayton police investigator who questioned Mr Hughes after the event, never asked Hughes specifically if he did indeed sexually assault the young girl, but simply based his report on ‘speculation and innuendo’, taking Mr Hughes’ drunk and sleep deprived nodding as confirmation that the crime took place.

Having been fully acquitted of all charges, Mr Hughes is ‘just relieved’ that he can finally move on with his life, after three years of being stigmatized and his name being associated with child abuse. Both Mr Hughes and Ritz-Carlton paid the family of the girl a sum of money as compensation for the ordeal.

Source: Daily News
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