Grand jury does not indict Dallas developer Bill Hutchinson for sexual assault
A Dallas County grand jury declined to indict real estate developer William Lewald “Bill” Hutchinson after he was charged last year with sexually assaulting a teenage girl at his Highland Park home.
The grand jury made its decision not to indict Hutchinson on sexual assault charges Wednesday, according to Dan Hagood, one of the attorneys representing Hutchinson. Hagood provided a copy of the non-grand jury bill.
Grand jury deliberations are confidential, so the reasons for the absence of a jury bill are not known to the public.
Hutchinson still faces charges in California involving the same teenager and another girl, as well as multiple lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct.
Levi McCathern, another attorney for Hutchinson, said the lack of an indictment was vindication for his client.
“[Authorities and the grand jury] took the allegations against Mr. Hutchinson seriously, investigated them thoroughly and ultimately established what I have always known – Bill Hutchinson is innocent and the charges against him are false,” said McCathern said in a written statement.
Hutchinson, 64, was arrested in Highland Park in July 2021 after a 17-year-old laid sexual assault charges a month earlier.
According to an affidavit for her arrest, the girl said Hutchinson invited her and other minors to his home and let them drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. The girl said he touched her inappropriately in May and on one occasion she fell asleep drunk and woke up sexually assaulting him, police wrote in the affidavit.
Shortly after his arrest in Highland Park, authorities in Orange County, California filed one count of rape and five misdemeanor counts of sexual assault against Hutchinson in connection with allegations involving the youngster. 17 and another teenager. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bond.
The 17-year-old’s family sued Hutchinson shortly after his arrest. In a separate lawsuit in Dallas County, three women claim he sexually assaulted them. He does not face criminal charges related to the charges in the Dallas County lawsuit.
Hutchinson founded the real estate firm Dunhill Partners and partnered with Richard Branson to develop Virgin Hotels Dallas. He appeared with his much younger fiancée in both seasons of the Lifetime reality series Marry Millions.
Writer Krista Torralva contributed to this report.