Former HGTV host Christopher Dionne will serve three years in jail after he was convicted of molesting a 10-year-old woman in his Connecticut dwelling, based on court docket information. He was additionally sentenced to 10 years probation by a decide on Wednesday.
Dionne, 37, of Previous Lyme, Conn., was discovered responsible of threat of harm to a minor and fourth-degree sexual assault in October.
Dionne appeared on a pilot episode of HGTV’s “Household Flip.” His sufferer, now 12, testified in the course of the trial that she was finest pals along with his daughter, and was sleeping over their home on the time of the assault.
Dionne has maintained his innocence and can doubtless file an attraction, The Day in Connecticut reported.
In accordance with People, the minor claimed in court docket that she woke as much as Dionne inappropriately touching her by putting his hand in opposition to her buttocks inside her pajamas.
Dionne’s sufferer mentioned she was molested twice whereas his two youngsters — then a 14-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter — had been sleeping in the identical room, the outlet reported. The sufferer mentioned Dionne later reached his hand underneath her bra, jiggled her chest and allegedly took a photograph of her on his cellphone.
The minor, based on the outlet, claimed Dionne requested the woman if she needed to see his genitals, asking her, “Are you a giant woman or somewhat woman?” The sufferer additionally claimed he advised her, “In the event you inform your mother, I am going to go to jail and (my daughter) will not have a daddy.”
In 2017, Dionne was anticipated to start manufacturing of a brand new present titled “Home Rescue” on A&E. However the community beforehand advised NBC Connecticut that it had suspended manufacturing.
In a earlier assertion to Fox Information on Friday, a rep for A&E mentioned: “He was by no means a bunch on the channel and nothing he filmed was ever aired.”
Dionne’s spouse has since moved and is planning to file for divorce, reported The Day.
She shared a photograph on Instagram of herself together with her two youngsters, together with a constructive message after the sentencing.
“So we’re gonna heal. And we’re gonna begin anew,” Dionne’s spouse wrote.