Christopher Dionne, a former host of an HGTV home remodeling pilot, has been sentenced to three years in jail for molesting a 10-year-old girl in his Connecticut home, PEOPLE can confirm.
The sentence was passed down on Wednesday at the New London Superior Court, according to court documents.
Dionne was sentenced to seven years in prison — which will be suspended after three years served — and 10 years of probation following his release, the documents read. He will be required to register as a sexual offender, The Day of New London reported, and also adhere to a criminal protective order that prohibits him from contacting the victim for the remainder of his life.
According to the local newspaper, Judge Barbara Bailey Jongbloed said that she had considered Dionne’s lack of a criminal record and the seriousness of the offense in crafting the sentence.
The victim was not present at the sentencing, the outlet reported, but the child’s mother was in attendance and spoke about how the girl “was subject to public humiliation and the target of hate messages on social media” after the family had gone to the police.
(read more at yahoo.com)