Single Widower Dad Mistakenly Accused Of Being A Pedophile After Check-In With His Own Teenage Daughter

Date October 4, 2018 14:37

Human trafficking and pedophilia are the dark and morbid truth of today. But our society is being very alert, even to a fault. Unfortunately, some good men are now being watched over from the same standpoint as well.

Red flags of a child being harmed

There are many signs, that show when children are being abused. Most of the times, it's better to be overprotective and vigilant. According to NAASCA statistics, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually harassed before they are 18 years old in America.

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Try to be educated about child abuse and learn about being a proactive and protective adult. Look out for these signs in your kids:

  • complains about nightmares or other sleep problems;
  • seems distracted or distant;
  • refuses to eat;
  • sudden mood swings like rage, fear or insecurity;
  • develops an unusual fear of certain people or places;
  • suddenly has money, toys or other gifts without reason;
  • thinks of self or body as dirty or bad;
  • shows adult-like behavior, language or knowledge.


Single dad accused of being a pedophile 

Craig Darwell booked a double room online which was the only one available. He had planned a trip to Thorpe Park as a Christmas gift for his dear daughter, Millie.

As they checked in, the absurdly suspicious hotel staff called the survey police.13-year-old Millie was questioned about her own father, which was an uncomfortable and traumatic experience for her. Poor girl, we can only imagine!

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Mr. Darwell showed them his Facebook profile which had photos of his daughter as a little baby. This incident left Millie crying her eyes out and she didn't even go out afterward. Her dad also strongly condemned this upsetting investigation.

As an apology the Travelodge spokesman explained to BBC News:

We take our responsibility towards protecting children and vulnerable young people very seriously. Our colleagues are trained based on current national guidelines from the police and other agencies. In the past, hotel team actions have successfully protect young people.

Well, they should have identified the father-daughter duo before placing any accusations. 

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Similar disturbing story

The 46-year-old father, Karl Pollard, was with his daughter Stephanie, 14. They were visiting her mother, who was a lung cancer patient. Hotel staff wrongly suspected him of being a human trafficker. About 10 minutes after they got in, there was a knock at the door. A policewoman was standing right outside. 

Karl told Independent News,

One minute I was brushing my teeth, the next I was being told I was a pedophile.

After absorbing the shock of this situation, her dad was able to briefly answer loads of officer's questions. The hotel manager later apologized and also offered them a full refund.

Children's safety comes first but it's a lesson for hotel management to take underage ID's before booking. Please share and comment to aware others of this weird inconvenience!

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