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Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes

CLAYTON, Mo. — A Pennsylvania man who was acquitted of molestation after ending up in the wrong St. Louis hotel room is now suing the hotel, claiming they are responsible because a clerk gave him the wrong room key.

Daniel Hughes, of Conshohocken, Penn., was acquitted in April 2014 of three counts of child molestation and one count of statutory sodomy filed after he went into the wrong room at Ritz-Carlton in Clayton and got into a bed with a 9-year-old girl.

Hughes sued the hotel on Feb. 19, alleging that the incident caused him to lose a lucrative job at Enterprise Leasing Co., The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The Ritz-Carlton didn’t immediately respond to an email and telephone call from The Associated Press Thursday seeking comment.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hughes’ attorney argued that Hughes got into bed and cuddled the girl, thinking she was a woman he had been out with earlier. The girl claimed Hughes touched her sexually after getting into her bed.

Hughes said he had been out drinking earlier, could not find his key so he went to the front desk to get a new one. The lawsuit said the Ritz-Carlton and Maritz, Wolff & Co., were negligent in failing to check his identification, failing to give him the correct key.

Hughes was acquitted of child molestation charges in 2014, but paid the girl’s family $50,000 in a civil settlement.