Man acquitted of molesting girl at hotel room

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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who claimed he was drunk and went to the wrong hotel room has been acquitted of molesting a 9-year-old girl who was in one of the room’s beds.

At St. Louis County jury on Monday acquitted Daniel Hughes on three counts of child molestation and one of sodomy.

Hughes, of Conshohocken, Pa., told police that a clerk at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton gave him the wrong room key in March 2011 and he ended up in bed with the girl.

The girl testified that Hughes touched her inappropriately. Her parents found Hughes standing in the room in his underwear.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports Hughes told police he thought the person in the bed was a woman he met while drinking earlier in the night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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