Hotel settles suit over man entering wrong room

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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 ( ) 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.