Robbie Hargett Dec. 28, 2015, 12:51pm


GALVESTON -- A Texas man is suing the owning and operating corporations of a Galveston hotel, alleging negligence related to the sexual assault of the plaintiff when he was a minor on the hotel's premises.

Connor Weynand filed a lawsuit Sept. 15 against Shree Gayatrima Inc., Baymont Franchise Systems Inc., and Wyndham Hotel Management Inc., alleging premises liability, negligence, and gross negligence.

On Aug. 5, 2011, the complaint states, 15-year-old Weynand was sexually assaulted at the Galveston Baymont Inn & Suites, owned and operated by the defendants. 

Prior, Leonel Donatti, known as the "Ice Cream Man," kidnapped Weynand and forced him to rent a room at the Baymont Inn & Suites under his own name, the suit says. 

Donatti pled guilty to the same sexual assault described in the suit and was sentenced to jail March 8, 2013. 

The complaint alleges the defendants were negligent in failing to refuse the rental of a hotel room to a minor, failing to maintain proper security in the lobby, failing to investigate the nature of a child attempting to rent a room and other negligent acts or omissions.

Weynand seeks actual and special damages, reasonable medical care and expenses, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowable, plus court costs. He is represented by attorneys L. Jeth Jones II and Jared S. Robinson of Jones Robinson LLP in Galveston.

Galveston County District Court Case number cv-0075029

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