Trial nearing for TV personality accused of molesting girl

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A trial is expected to begin next week in Connecticut for a home remodeling show personality accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl.

Officials say jury selection in the case of Christopher Dionne is expected to resume Monday in New London Superior Court and be finished by mid-week, when the state would begin presenting evidence.

The 37-year-old resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut, has appeared on the HGTV show “Family Flip.” Production of his new show, “A&E’s “House Rescue,” was suspended after his arrest in January 2018.

Dionne has pleaded not guilty to felony risk of injury to a minor and misdemeanor sexual assault charges. His lawyer has not responded to messages seeking comment.

Dionne denies allegations that he touched the girl’s chest and asked if she wanted to see his genitals.

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