HGTV host, 37, molested his daughter’s best friend, 10, and asked her ‘are you a big girl or a little girl?’

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A TV host has been found guilty of molesting his daughter’s 10-year-old best friend while asking her “are you a big girl or a little girl?”

Christopher Dionne, 37, crept into the bedroom where his daughter, 10, and son, 14, were sleeping and sexually assaulted the child twice.

Dionne tried to assault the 10-year-old girl twice in November 2017
CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE

Christopher Dionne, 37, was found guilty of molesting the girl in his home in Old Lyme, Connecticut[/caption]

Christopher Dionne, 37, was found guilty of molesting the girl in Old Lyme, Connecticut home
Dionne tried to assault the 10-year-old girl twice in November 2017

The child, who was not identified, said Dionne touched her inappropriately during a birthday sleepover in November 2017.

He molested her on two occasions, just hours apart, in his Old Lyme, Connecticut home.

Dionne was convicted of fourth degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, People reported. 

He was the star of the HGTV pilot Family Flip, alongside his twin brother Michael, for one episode in 2015 but it was not picked up.

SHE WAS ASLEEP

The child, who is now 12, bravely testified in court about the horrific ordeal.

She explained that she woke up at 1.30am to find Dionne with his hand on her buttocks, under her pyjamas.

The girl, who was lying on her stomach at the time, then felt him reach under her bra and jiggle her chest.

He then allegedly took a photo of her on his phone.

If you tell your mom, I’ll go to jail and (my daughter) won’t have a daddy.


Christopher Dionne, allegedly told his victim

Dionne asked her if she wanted to see his genitals and also said, “Are you a big girl or a little girl?”

He then threatened her: “If you tell your mom, I’ll go to jail and (my daughter) won’t have a daddy.”

Dionne returned to his room after she denied his sick advances.

He also assaulted her in September 2017 when he asked if she wanted to kiss his genitals.

HE ASSAULTED HER TWICE

The victim and Dionne’s daughter were on the same soccer team and would regularly stay at one another’s houses.

Their friendship ended after the second assault.

After being found guilty, Dionne was released on $100,000 bond and has been scheduled for sentencing on December 11.


A spokesperson for HGTV said: ‘The individual referenced appeared in a pilot that premiered on our network in 2015. The pilot was not picked up for series.”

TV network A&E revealed they had been working with Dionne on a show that they have now suspended.

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