Updated at 12:23: Revised to include a statement from Bill Hutchinson.
A prominent Dallas-area developer who starred in a reality TV show highlighting his relationship with a woman 40 years younger than himself has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
William Lewald “Bill” Hutchinson, 63, was jailed in Highland Park jail on Tuesday for sexual assault and released on $ 30,000 bail. It was not clear if he had a lawyer and he could not be immediately reached for comment.
In a statement to TMZ, Hutchinson said he was innocent.
âAnyone who knows me in this city knows that I am not capable of assault, sexual or otherwise,â he said. “I hope all of my colleagues and friends will give me the benefit of the doubt until I prove my innocence in court.”
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the 17-year-old reported the incident to police in early June.
The teenager told authorities that Hutchinson provided him and other minors with alcohol and let them smoke marijuana at his Highland Park home. In May, she said, he touched her inappropriately, including massage and groping.
On one occasion, the teenager told police, she was drunk and fell asleep on the sofa. When she woke up, Hutchinson sexually assaulted her, the affidavit states.
The morning news from Dallas does not generally name victims of sex crimes.
A detective wrote in the affidavit that authorities also obtained a video of another minor saying Hutchinson displayed similar behavior with her at her home in Laguna Beach, Calif., According to the affidavit.
Hutchinson is the founder of Dallas-based real estate firm Dunhill Partners, which has been instrumental in revitalizing the city’s Design District. The company has partnered with Richard Branson to develop Virgin Hotels Dallas and manages several million square feet of retail space across the country.
Last month Dunhill promoted Executive Vice President Andy Crosland to President and said Hutchinson would serve as chairman of the board of directors. In a written statement, Hutchinson said he was “happy to pass the torch” and had been considering the move for several years.
Hutchinson also appeared on both seasons of the Lifetime series. Marry millions, which bills itself as a show about the scrutiny faced by couples in which one partner is insanely rich and the other is not. Hutchinson is engaged to a 23-year-old woman he met when she was an 18-year-old hostess at a Tex-Mex restaurant.
In 2019, Hutchinson declared The morning news from Dallas that he felt like a teenager – not a new grandfather.
âI don’t feel like a grandfather, and I don’t even like being called a grandfather,â he said. “I don’t want to be in this role for a long time.”