Daniel Hughes, 42, Charged with Assaulting Pre-Teen At Clayton Ritz-Carlton

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Hide your kids, hide your wife: Clayton Police have captured a bed intruder.
​Today's shocking crime news comes from, of all places, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton.

KSDK Channel 5 News reports that Daniel Hughes, a 42-year-old hotel guest from Conschohoken, Pennsylvania, told desk clerks that he'd lost his room key around 4 a.m. Sunday and needed another one. But he apparently gave the clerk the wrong room number -- and the clerk didn't bother to check before issuing him a new key.

The room in question was being occupied by a St. Louis family. And even though they'd used the chain lock to secure the room, Hughes kicked the door in and made his way to the bed of their nine-year-old daughter.

We don't want think about precisely what happened next -- as this miscreant has been charged with one count of statutory sodomy and three counts of child molestation. KSDK reports that he's being held on a $25,000 bond.

Interestingly, the whole crime appears to have been triggered by a series of accidents. Hughes was apparently intoxicated, according to Clayton Police, and the room number he gave police is the one he'd been staying in the night before.

Still, we imagine that's cold comfort to a nine-year-old girl who went to bed a hotel guest -- and woke up a crime victim.

KSDK reports that the desk clerk who gave Hughes the room key has resigned.

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SB
SB

I know Dan and this situation is a horrible tragedy brought on by the worst possible series of events. Dan's character is beyond dispute among those who know him, and I know beyond any doubt that his regret for this terrible event is beyond imagining.

Years ago, Dan was beaten almost to death by a group of individuals who picked him out randomly as the focus of their anger. I told him how I would have revenged myself, and he explained to me that his attackers were young and angry at the time (though not at Dan specifically) and that he felt that they were now probably sorry for what they had done to him.

I have tried over the years to emulate the moral equivalent of Dan's example and my heart breaks for him as I'm sure his does for the victim (and her family) of this tragedy.

There will probably be some of you out there who will want to vent anger or condemnation on my friend, but know that what he endures is beyond the scope of anything you can add.

SB

Realitycheck
Realitycheck

This story, at least as it's written, makes absolutely NO SENSE!! First, how does the guy kick in the chain lock. If and that's a big IF, he did that, it would have made a ton of noise. Am I supposed to believe that this didn't wake the entire family?? Where were the parents?? Even if they were in an adjoining room, wouldn't the loud break-in have awoken them or at least they're daughter who I would think would have screamed or shouted out. Some serious details are missing from this story. And the picture of that idiot from the YouTube spoof is outrageous!! Who edits this site?! Highly offensive and unprofessional.

farrah
farrah

Next time you are at a hotel look at the security chain - they are flimsy and leaning against the doors will pull them away from their fastenings. Anyway - hotel security caught the guy in the lobby so give the Ritz some credit.

Sphinx2860
Sphinx2860

Typical RFT. No where in KSDK's article referenced did it say he "kicked" in the door. And what's with the unrelated picture?

confused
confused

I don't understand - was the whole family in the room?

KELTON
KELTON

I WASN'T AWARE THE CLERK WAS DRINKING...IT ALL COULD OF BEEN STOPPED THERE...LOOKS LIKE THE RITZ HAS A MAJOR LAWSUIT SIMMERING...I'M SURE THERE'S BEEN DOZENS OF LAWYERS KNOCKING BY THE NEXT MORNING COFFEE TIME...WHAT'S WITH THE PICTURE WITH THIS ARTICLE?.

WorksInDUMBO
WorksInDUMBO

This is a terrible, tragic story--yet the RFT decides to run that joke-y picture of the "hide your kids, hide your wife" guy? Do you guys think this is some kind of funny story? Really, really in poor taste, RFT. You should be embarrassed.

Test
Test

Yes! At first I thought this was a joke! Terribly written - making a joke out of a child being harmed. Whomever wrote this article should be locked up as well!!!!

minnie
minnie

at least they got the bastard.

Kreamalmeyer_bobbie
Kreamalmeyer_bobbie

wtf!?!? The Ritz-Carlton, come one now. The whole statistic that we are one of the drunkest cities in the US I use to disagree with. But this right here is a prime example we have a big problem with alcohol in this damn city. Hell theres liquor stores everywhere in St. Louis...the problem would probably go away if Missouri(Mizery) would do what California and Colorado have done with marijuana. The reason most of us drink like this is because we are scared of the cops and their actions toward marijuana... like Bob Marley said, "Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction." well in this case a city not a nation.... BobJecKeL

Douche McGee
Douche McGee

Only stupid people get busted smoking pot.

I smoked pot for ~16 years and didn't have a single interaction with the police.

anonymous
anonymous

yeah my urge to sexually assault children surfaces every time i have a drink

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