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This local hotel clerk refused to rent a room to a woman unless she has sex with him, police say

Kashif Ur Rehnan Sheikh, 35, was arrested on Oct. 14 for alleged sexual battery and solicitation of prostitution at the Clarion Hotel at the 3000 block of Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Google Maps)
Kashif Ur Rehnan Sheikh, 35, was arrested on Oct. 14 for alleged sexual battery and solicitation of prostitution at the Clarion Hotel at the 3000 block of Richmond Road. (WYDaily/Google Maps)

A clerk at the Clarion Hotel at the 3000 block of Richmond Road was arrested after allegedly refusing a room to a woman unless she would have sex with him, according to reports from Williamsburg Police.

At 4 a.m. on Oct. 10, Williamsburg Police were dispatched to the hotel after a woman called to report Kashif Ur Rehnan Sheikh, 35, propositioned and fondled her, said police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

The 22-year-old woman told police that when she approached Sheikh, the hotel’s on-duty clerk at the time, to check into a room, he refused unless she would have sex with him. Sheikh then inappropriately touched the woman, Riley said.

Riley said the woman immediately went outside the hotel and called police. Officers arrived on the scene and interviewed Sheikh, but didn’t arrest him that day.

“In certain types of investigations it’s not uncommon that the officer will want to take his time gathering more information instead of simply making the arrest,” Riley said.

The officer then requested video surveillance from the hotel and on Oct. 14 found probable cause to get warrants for sexual battery and solicitation of prostitution, Riley said.

Sheikh was arrested at his home in the 7000 block of Richmond Road. He was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail later that day.

Sheikh was released on bond Monday. He’s scheduled to appear at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23, according to court records.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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