Teenage girl raped by drug dealer while staying at luxury hotel with family

A devastated father has told how his 15-year-old daughter was raped on holiday after a luxury hotel allowed a known drug dealer to enter the premises.

Henry Richard Nixon has been charged by local police for allegedly raping a teenage girl, named only as 'L.H.', at the Hyatt Baha Mar hotel in Nassau in the Bahamas.

The father of the victim from Pennsylvania in the United States told the New York Post that her ordeal was "a family’s worst nightmare" and said it would be "with her for life".

He is now launching a $10million (£7.6million) lawsuit against the hotel, saying they did not do enough to protect his daughter.

In court papers his representatives also criticise their apparent failure to prevent a reputed criminal getting onto the grounds of the hotel, reading "Hyatt boasts its ability to provide families with a safe vacation, yet there were no security personnel which intervened to prevent this preventable crime.

"Defendant’s failure to take reasonable and necessary precaution caused T.H. to suffer a horrific, life-altering event."

The documents describe how the girl had left her room in the early morning to speak with a friend on the phone when Nixon began speaking to her.

He reportedly lured her into a cabana shelter before subjecting her to the attack.

It was only stopped when the parents went on a frantic hunt to find their daughter after noticing she was missing in the night.

They used her phone to track her location, where they found Nixon on top of her.

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The harrowing court papers say that "after the father ripped Nixon off" he found his daughter "curled up on the ground, crying and in disarray", with her underwear removed and pushed to the side.

The dad said the incident had changed the 15-year-old, and has left her scared of older man and frightened of police sirens. He hopes that the trial will give her "a bit of her power back".

A Grand Hyatt Baha Mar spokesperson said in a statement: “While it is our policy not to comment on potential or pending litigation, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar takes all claims very seriously as the safety and security of our guests and colleagues are always a top priority."

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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