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HGTV Star Accused Of Molesting 10-Year-Old Girl

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An HGTV reality show star has been arrested after being accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Christopher Dionne, best known for his appearance on the pilot of a potential HGTV series called "Family Flip," is facing charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, the Daily Mail reported.

Dionne turned himself in to authorities in Connecticut after the 10-year-old girl accused him of touching her in a sexual manner while she was attending a sleepover at his home. The girl is a friend of Dionne's two children.

The sleepover occurred in late November 2017 at Dionne's home, according to documents obtained by Fox News. The victim told police she was sleeping on the couch when Dionne woke her up and assaulted her.

Dionne allegedly touched the 10-year-old girl's buttocks under her clothes and her chest. He also allegedly took photos of the child's chest and asked her if she wanted to touch his penis.

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The victim, whose name was not released, said Dionne told her not to tell anyone about the incident because he would go to jail and his daughter wouldn't have a father. Dionne's other two children were asleep in the same room at the time.

The 10-year-old said Dionne went to sleep with his wife after the encounter.

Dionne denied the girl's claims when speaking to police. He did however, admit to having a strange encounter with her that night after coming home from the bar.

Dionne reportedly told authorities that the girl was lying down, put her arm around his waist and began rubbing his stomach. He said he became uncomfortable and told her that it was "inappropriate," according to a warrant, the Daily Mail reported.

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Dionne said the girl continued and he once again moved her arm and told her "that was big-girl stuff." He said the girl then started to cry, prompting him to rub her back. He said he then told her to go to sleep.

The girl told police Dionne had previously made sexually explicit comments to her in September 2017, which Dionne also denied. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Dionne was working on a new show in California called "House Rescue" for A&E. 

"In light of the allegations which just came to light, we are suspending production on the series," Dan Silberman, Senior Vice President of A&E and History, said in a statement.

Sources: Daily Mail, Fox News / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Connecticut State Police and HGTV via Daily Mail

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