Clayton Ritz-Carlton Attack Leads to $20 Million Suit

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Daniel Hughes now faces a civil suit on top of criminal charges.
Well, we can't say we're too surprised by this one.

The family of the nine-year-old girl who was subjected to an early-morning attack at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton has filed a $20 million suit against the schmancy hotel chain, her alleged attacker, Daniel Hughes of Pennsylvania, and Enterprise Leasing Company, which was Hughes' employer.

The suit was reported in the St. Louis Business Journal.

As we reported a few weeks ago, the little girl was staying at a suite in the Ritz-Carlton on March 6 with her family and a young friend when, police say, Hughes drunkenly forced his way into the room and crawled into bed with her. He's been charged with one count of statutory sodomy and three counts of felony child molestation, according to case.net.

The suit, filed on behalf of Jane Doe to protect the child's identity, seeks $5 million each from Ritz-Carlton Co. and Maritz, Wolff & Co., the company that owns the hotel, along with $5 million from Hughes and Enterprise.

The Doe family is being represented by Maurice B. Graham of Gray, Ritter & Graham P.C. We've got calls out to Graham as well as Hughes' criminal defense attorney; we'll update this post if we hear back.

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smarter than the first guest
smarter than the first guest

if you have been following the case you would know Hughes' was able to obtain a key from the hotel front desk. He attempted to use his key in what he thought was his room. When it didn't work he went to the front desk to get a new key. new key was issued by the front desk clerk without verification of his ID. Hughes then went to to room crawled into bed with the child and began touching her. The child calmly woke up and went to the adjoining room where her parents were staying and notified them their was a man in her bed touching her. The parents chased Hughes out of the room and called the police. When police arrived Hughes was in the hotel lobby in his underwear. Apparently the room number which he thought was his was actually the room number he has had the night before at the Sheitan. The front desk failed to verify that that was indeed his room.

Considering Hughes was in town for business he was there on the company's dime. I would of sewed them as well.

Amy_in_StL
Amy_in_StL

Someone filing a claim against his employer leads me to smell golddigging; not to feel empathy.

Guest
Guest

I would like to know a few things about this: how he was able to bust down the door and not wake the child or the parents, how he had time to strip down and get in bed, after busting the door down, without waking the child/parents. There are a lot of question marks in this case, on both sides....

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to stand up for child touching; I'm just curious how the sequence of events really unfolded.

Mickyg498
Mickyg498

Hughes was not in the lobby waiting calmly for the police as you infer - he was caught by a security guard trying to run out of the hotel!

Your Momma
Your Momma

"Considering Hughes was in town for business he was there on the company's dime. I would of sewed them as well."

What difference does it make why he was staying at the hotel? It has nothing to do with Enterprise Rent a Car - stupid. They had no way to foresee this, and had no hand in causing it.

Not The Judge
Not The Judge

Thank goodness someone has some common sense and is not playing judge. The Sheriff's first statment on the news was that it was all a mistake. The State's Attorney must be trying to make a name for herself. How come the other two 14 year old girls in the room never awakened? Doesn't a nine year old know how to scream?

DISGUSTED BY NOT THE JUDGE
DISGUSTED BY NOT THE JUDGE

Re: NOT THE JUDGE -- SOUNDS LIKE YOU MUST BE RELATED TO THE MOLESTER. OR YOU'RE JUST AS SICK AS HIM!

THROW AWAY THE KEY
THROW AWAY THE KEY

Enterprise was well aware of his alcohol abuse. He was even allowed to work for the company after totaling a company car and a DUI conviction in Torrance, California. Have witnessed first hand his behavior at company events. In particular, at the Palm Springs Hilton. When he worked in Carson, California he owned a boat and would host parties under the guise of a company event, which he was reimbursed for by Enterprise, and I recall him engaging in inappropriate relations with a female at the Long Beach Grand Prix on board this boat. His behavior is well-documented amongst their higher ups. His personnel file should shed some light on what happened at the Ritz and how a respected company like Enterprise did not terminate Mr. Hughes (7) years ago. Hello prison, Mr. Hughes. Don't think your FBI father is getting you out of this one.

Ryan
Ryan

I was/I am a costumer and a friend of Dans. he was moved to Pa because of he's inate ability to comunicate with anyone! He is Charming, Handsome, intellegent and as We use to go out, never had a hard time with the ladys. He is always welcome in my home!! There isin't a fiber in his body that would let him hurt a child! Dan you can Baby sit for me any time! Most people only address what they hear on the media, and dont take in account who you are and how much stuff you do for the community. Theres always more to a story than people can read!!!

KARMA
KARMA

I bet the TWO KEVINS are pissing in their pants over this. They overrode protocol to keep this disgusting excuse of a human in the employ of Enterprise. But hey, he put up great numbers.

Cal05
Cal05

Ugh.....dated him a decade ago for a very short time. My impression of him at that time was that he was charming, clever, and generally kindhearted but had very poor judgement and impulse control. While he might have been arrogant at times, I would never believe that he is/was capable of child molestation. Neither an intellectual nor a pedophile.

Jpohlman
Jpohlman

Some friend you are! You were apparently on the boat eating his food and enjoying the party (probably with you own female) to say what you say. You must be jealous and want his job, you slim ball. Why don't you mention his kindness and charity towards others. There are always two sides to every story.

E-girl 2002
E-girl 2002

WOW!...just WOW! You know Dan too?!

Unfortunately this is true. Don't forget the ski trips....

Blue
Blue

@Ryan  If you would allow Dan Hughes to babysit for your child, or any child for that matter, your judgment is as poor as your ability to employ grammar, punctuation and spelling. Just sayin'

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