HGTV hist found guilty of assaulting his daughter's 10-year-old friend
HGTV pilot host is found guilty of sexually assaulting his daughter's 10-year-old best friend after she testified that he fondled her when she slept over his Connecticut home
- Christopher Dionne, star of 'Family Flip', was convicted of risk of injury to a minor and fourth degree sexual assault in a New London Superior Court
- The 37-year-old will be released on a $100,000 bond
- His sentencing court appearance is scheduled for December 11
- 'Family Flip', the show Christopher starred in with his twin brother Michael, ran for one episode in 2015
- During the trial, the now 12-year-old victim testified that she was best friend's with Dionne's daughter when the assault occurred
- She shared that the assault took place on November 202017, with a similar incident taking place in September
A former star of a HGTV home remodeling pilot has been found guilty of molesting his daughter's 10-year-old best friend at his Connecticut home.
Christopher Dionne, star of 'Family Flip', was convicted of risk of injury to a minor and fourth degree sexual assault in a New London Superior Court.
The 37-year-old will be released on a $100,000 bond. His sentencing court appearance is scheduled for December 11, People reports.
'Family Flip', the show Christopher starred in with his twin brother Michael, ran for one episode in 2015.
'The individual referenced appeared in a pilot that premiered on our network in 2015,' a spokesperson from the network said in a statement. 'The pilot was not picked up for series.'
A&E shared that they suspended production on a show they were working with Dionne on.
During the trial, the now 12-year-old victim testified that she was best friend's with Dionne's daughter when the assault occurred.
The two were on the same soccer team and would routinely have sleepovers at each other's houses
The young girl claimed Dionne touched her inappropriately while she was at a birthday sleepover at his house in November 2017.
She said he woke her up at around 1.30am by placing his hand against her buttocks under her pajamas as she laid on her belly.
The victim said Dionne then reached up under her bra and jiggled her chest, allegedly taking a photo of her on his phone.
Dionne is said to have molested the girl on two occasions, just several hours apart. Both of Dionne's children were sleeping in the room at the time of the assault.
He asked the girl if she wanted to see his genitals during the assault, even asking her whether she was a 'big girl or a little girl'.
Dionne also reportedly told the victim: 'If you tell your mom, I'll go to jail and (my daughter) won't have a daddy.'
After refusing his advancing, Dionne is said to have returned to his room.
Dionne assaulted the girl in September, asking her if she wanted to kiss his genitals.
Her friendship with Dionne's daughter ended after the assault.
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