Hotel settles suit over man entering wrong room
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ A St. Louis County luxury hotel where a businessman climbed into a young girl’s bed after a room key error has settled a civil lawsuit filed by the girl’s parents.
Daniel Hughes of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania was acquitted in April of criminal molestation charges from the 2011 incident involving a 9-year-old at the Clayton Ritz-Carlton. He entered the wrong hotel room after a clerk gave him the wrong key.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1v38312 ) reports that a confidential settlement was reached Monday, the day a trial was scheduled to begin. The girl’s parents were seeking more than $5 million in punitive damage along with unspecified compensatory damages. Lawyers on both sides could not be immediately reached for comment.
Hughes settled a civil case against him in June for $50,000.