HP Developer Faces Additional Charges In California

The Highland Park developer arrested this week after being accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl faces new criminal charges in California, and a lawsuit in Dallas County detailing additional allegations.

(READ: Highland Park Developer Accused of Sexual Assault)

Authorities in California Friday filed one count of rape and five misdemeanor counts of sexual battery against William Hutchinson, 63.

PHOTO: Courtesy Highland Park DPS/D Magazine

Hutchinson hasn’t responded to a request seeking comment, but attorney Dan Hagood, who’s representing him in the criminal cases, told the Dallas Morning News that his client “absolutely denies the charges that have been leveled against him,” and that Hutchinson planned to turn himself in for the new charges in California.

In the lawsuit filed in Dallas County, a university student alleges she began conversing with Hutchinson on social media, where she asked him for career advice and forwarded him her resume at his request.

In June 2020, Hutchinson arranged to meet the student in Dallas, gave her alcoholic drinks without confirming whether or not she was of legal drinking age, then took her to an apartment where he attempted to “force himself onto her,” according to the lawsuit.

“Hutchinson assaulted our client while she was intoxicated, although she clearly rejected Hutchinson’s advances both in messages and in person,” attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel said in a statement. 

In his arrest affidavit from Highland Park, authorities say they spoke with another minor who alleged similar behavior by Hutchinson while they were at his home in Laguna Beach, California.

The Dallas County arrest warrant for Hutchinson was signed on June 29, and Hutchinson was released from jail on a $30,000 bond. 

The founder of commercial real estate company Dunhill Partners appeared on the A+E series Marrying Millions with his 23-year-old fiance. 

Read more from the Dallas Morning News here.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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