Hotel seeks documents relating to sexual assault allegations

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 29, 2011, 7:53am

The Flagship Hotel after Hurricane Ike, September 2008.

GALVESTON - The Flagship Hotel filed a motion to compel in a Palo Pinto County woman's lawsuit against it.

In a 19-page document filed July 1 before the Galveston County 405th District Court, the respondent demands the Criminal District Attorney's Office of Galveston County to produce records in connection with an alleged sexual assault on its premises and subsequent investigation.

Mindi Motely is suing The Flagship Hotel after one of its employees, Ray McChristian, reportedly molested her child during their stay on Aug. 22, 2008.

She blames the hotel for not taking any precautionary measures to prevent the attack in question.

McChristian joins his employer as a defendant.

The original petition is mum on the exact circumstances surrounding the incident in question, but asserts the Flagship Hotel did not provide adequate security and lighting on its premises nor promptly discover McChristian's allegedly dangerous propensities.

Motely insists the defendant did not terminate McChristian after the assault.

Meanwhile, the hotel, heavily damaged during Hurricane Ike, has been demolished to reportedly make way for a boardwalk.

In April, the Flagship filed a motion to nullify a subpoena and request for deposition.

The Flagship Hotel asserts the district attorney's office has refused to produce any records, prompting its most current action.

It additionally argues that even though certain documents and files are treated as confidential pursuant to the Texas Family Code, such files and documents may be produced in certain circumstances.

Among the things the hotel requests to see are investigation reports, witness statements, police reports and photographs.

A hearing on the motion is set for Aug. 19.

Case No. 10-cv-2369

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