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Posted: January 30, 2018

HGTV pilot star accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl

VIDEO: HGTV Pilot Star Accused of Sexually Assaulting 10-Year-Old Girl


HGTV pilot star accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl
Christopher Dionne. (Via Connecticut police)

By Betsi Fores,

OLD LYME, Conn. —

A man who starred in a TV pilot that aired on HGTV was arrested Monday over allegations that he molested a 10-year-old girl.

According to The Associated Press, Christopher J. Dionne, from the former show “Family Flip,” turned himself in to police in Connecticut despite denying the allegations.

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Police said the 36-year-old Dionne is accused of touching the girl’s chest when she was sleeping over after a birthday party for her friend. Dionne also is accused of taking pictures of the girl’s chest and asking if she wanted to see his genitals.

Fox News reported that “he allegedly touched her buttocks under her clothes as well as her chest.”

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While he denies the accusation, Dionne said the girl put her hand on his stomach and began rubbing, but he told her it was inappropriate.

Dionne appeared on "Family Flip" with his identical twin brother, Michael. Together, they bought homes and renovated them with reclaimed material, then sold them. According to Fox News, they still do this and were in talks with A&E about pursuing another TV venture.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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