Man Gets Key to Hotel Room, Molests Girl: Police

Man got key to 9-year-old's room from Ritz-Carlton's front desk clerk

Monday, Mar 7, 2011  |  Updated 12:00 PM EDT
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Man Gets Key to Hotel Room, Molests Girl: Police

A 42-year-old Philadelphia-area man has been accused of molesting a girl at a St. Louis area hotel.

Clayton police say Daniel Hughes, from the Philadelphia area, returned to the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton Sunday and couldn't get into what he thought was his room.

Clayton Police Chief Tom Byrne says Hughes told a front desk clerk his key didn't work, so the clerk gave him a key for the room number he provided. Hughes went to the room, forced his way in and entered a bed occupied by a 9-year-old girl. Byrne says the girl alerted her parents, who were staying in another bedroom.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Hughes is charged with child molestation and sodomy.

The hotel is conducting its own investigation.
      
 

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