Charges: Airbnb guest attempted to sexually assault 7-year-old girl

He was staying with a Minnetonka family that rented out their spare room.
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A Minnesota family who rented their spare room on Airbnb went through a horrific experience with their houseguest.

A Michigan man who was staying with the family has been charged with attempting to sexually assault a child who lived in the Minnetonka home, the Hennepin County Attorney said in a news release Tuesday.

The criminal complaint details what happened.

Minnetonka police responded to a criminal sexual conduct complaint at the residence a little after midnight on Sunday.

When officers arrived, an adult man told them that his Airbnb guest – 28-year-old Derrick Aaron Kinchen – tried to sexually assault his 7-year-old daughter, according to the charges.

The man said he and his wife had put the girl to sleep in their bedroom that night. Around midnight, they heard Kinchen arrive home from a wedding, the complaint says.

About 15 minutes later the man walked into his bedroom where the door was open and the lights were on, and found Kinchen naked on the couple's bed next to the girl, whose nightgown was pulled up to reveal her underwear, the charges say.

Authorities say Kinchen was touching his penis at the time.

The man yelled at Kinchen, who then took off with just his suit jacket and wallet. Officers used police dogs and found him hiding in a fishing boat at a neighbor's house, according to the complaint.

In an interview at Children's Hospital, the girl told authorities she woke up to Kinchen entering the bedroom. He whispered something into her ear and she "felt like the defendant wanted her to keep a secret from her mom and dad," the complaint says.

Kinchen has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim under 13. He's expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Airbnb responds

Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit told GoMN the company "will not tolerate" that type of "abhorrent" behavior.

"We are focused on providing our host family with our full support, we are working with the local police to ensure they have our assistance, and we banned this user from our community," he said. "Keeping our community safe is the most important thing we do. None of our hosts should ever have to deal with anything like this," 

He also shared some information about Airbnb's safety policies, which say that all hosts and guests are screened against regulatory, terrorist, and sanctions watch lists.

"For United States residents, we also run background checks looking for prior felony convictions, sex offender registrations, or significant misdemeanors," Breit said.

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