HGTV star Christopher Dionne has been arrested for allegedly molesting a little girl inside his family home.
According to a report, the sexual assault occurred when the child was staying in the house with Dionne's two kids – who are her friends – for a sleepover. As the girl slept on the couch, the married Family Flip twin reportedly went over to her and asked her if she wanted to touch and kiss his penis. He also took pictures of her chest and caressed her naked body and bum – twice.
Christopher Dionne's young daughter and son were asleep in the same room.
The HGTV star turned himself in after the young girl alerted police. He was arrested Monday Jan. 29 in Connecticut on charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
After the alleged assault, the girl claimed Dionne warned her not to tell anyone else, because if she did, he would go to jail and his daughter wouldn't have a father.
After he was arrested, Dionne spoke of the incident saying that he did sit down next to the young victim on the couch when she was asleep, but he did not inappropriately touch her.
He claimed that she put her arms around his waist and began rubbing his belly. He told her "that's inappropriate" because he felt uncomfortable. He then moved her arm away saying, "that was big-girl stuff." According to Dionne, the child then began to cry, so he rubbed her back and told her to go to sleep.
The TV star is currently being held on $100,000 bond.
A&E has suspended production of Christopher Dionne's new show amid the scandal.
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