A judge ordered former HGTV star Christopher Dionne to submit DNA testing on Friday to be used in his child molestation case, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Court clerk Cameron MacKenzie at the New London Judicial District Court in Connecticut confirmed to RadarOnline.com that Dionne was present for the Friday morning hearing. The clerk confirmed the judge granted the state’s motion to obtain non-testimonial evidence.
“He was asked to submit to the taking of buccal swabs,” MacKenzie told Radar.
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Buccal swabs, also known as cheek swabs, are used to gather DNA. After the hearing, Dione was immediately ordered to the state attorney’s office so the swabs could be taken before he left the building.
“They wanted to make sure he was going to be present for the hearing so they had him do the samples today,” the clerk added.
An eyewitness who saw Dionne before he entered the courtroom on Friday morning said the accused child molester appeared “very friendly and relaxed” despite the criminal charges he is facing.
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As Radar readers know, Dionne, 36, turned himself into police in March after a 10-year-old female victim alerted police of the alleged child molestation. Dionne was arrested on charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. He has entered a not guilty plea.
According to court documents, the sexual assault allegedly occurred when the alleged victim was staying in Dionne’s house with his two children for a sleepover. As the girl slept on the couch, Dionne allegedly went over to her and asked her if she wanted to touch and kiss his penis. He also allegedly took pictures of her chest and caressed her naked body and bum – twice.
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As Radar previously reported, Dionne’s Old Lyme, Connecticut home where the alleged molestation took place is on the market. RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal the asking price has been lowered by $20,000 since its initial listing of $489,900 last month.
Dionne appeared on a pilot episode of HGTV’s Family Flip with his twin brother.
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