HP Developer Pleads Not Guilty To California Charges

Highland Park developer William Hutchinson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to rape and sexual battery charges in Orange County, California.

Hutchinson, 63, declined to comment to reporters after his hearing in Orange County Superior Court, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Authorities in California filed one count of rape and five misdemeanor counts of sexual battery against Hutchinson on July 9. He has a pretrial hearing for the California charges set for Oct. 22. 

PHOTO: Highland Park DPS

Also on July 9, a lawsuit was filed against him in Dallas County detailing additional allegations. 

(READ: HP Developer Faces Additional Charges In California)

In his arrest affidavit from Highland Park in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at his Highland Park home, authorities say they spoke with another minor who alleged similar behavior by Hutchinson 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. 

For more on the court appearance in California, click here. 

We’ll have more in the August issue of Park Cities People

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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