A man renting a room as an Airbnb guest allegedly tried to sexually assault a 7-year-old girl at a home in Minnesota, where the girl’s father found the suspect lying naked next to his daughter in bed, prosecutors said.
Derrick Aaron Kinchen, 28, of Lansing, was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday after cops, responding to a report of an attempted attack at the girl’s Minnetonka home, arrested the man on Sunday — when they found him in a fishing boat wearing nothing but a suit coat, the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.
The girl’s father told cops that Kinchen was a guest in their home who rented a spare bedroom through Airbnb where he said he observed Kinchen lying nude next to his daughter.
“The defendant was naked and his penis was erect,” the father said, according to a statement of probable cause obtained by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “[The girl’s] nightgown was pulled up and [her father] could see [her] stomach and underwear.”
The man yelled at Kinchen, who then grabbed his suit coat and wallet before running out of the home.
Cops used a police dog to hunt for Kinchen, who was later arrested inside a “partly covered fishing boat” at a nearby home, according to the statement of probable cause.
The NY Post reports that Kinchen remained jailed on $250,000 bail Wednesday and faces one felony count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim under 13.
Airbnb midwest spokesman Ben Breit states that “the reported abhorrent behavior has no place on Airbnb and we will not tolerate it. We are focused on providing our host family with our full support, we are working with the local police to ensure they have our assistance, and we banned this user from our community. Keeping our community safe is the most important thing we do. None of our hosts should ever have to deal with anything like this.”
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