A bride caught her her groom sexually assaulting one of her ‘drunk’ bridesmaids two days before his wedding, despite witnessing the incident at a Pennsylvania venue, she went ahead to marry him.
Daniel Carney, 28, of Stroudsburg, has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of an unconscious person and indecent assault.
The victim, a 29-year-old Oregon woman, said she was sexually assaulted at the Shawnee Inn in Smithfield Township on August 30.
The bridesmaid told investigators that friends and family were drinking alcohol on the Delaware River while celebrating the couple’s upcoming wedding on September 1, according to court documents. Investigators said the bridesmaid got too intoxicated while at the river and the bride-to-be asked Carney to help the bridesmaid get back into the hotel parking lot.
The victim said she remembers being led away from the water and woke up to Carney biting her and forcefully grabbing her in the downstairs men’s locker room at the hotel, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
She said that she blacked out again and later woke up with Carney fondling her in the locker room. She added that her bikini bottoms had been removed.
During the alleged assault, the bridesmaid said the bride entered the locker room. She adds that she remembers the bride screaming at Carney. Police said the couple then got into a fight in the parking lot.
State police said they obtained surveillance footage from the hotel that shows Carney pulling the victim into the locker room as she was “extremely unsteady on her feet.”
According to the victim, “it was chaos amongst the entire wedding party” for the rest of the night and the next day.
On the morning of the wedding, Carney texted the woman and apologized, asking “can we just be as happy as possible for my life”. He also asked her if she could take emergency day-after contraception, police said.
A friend of Carney’s told WNEP that the couple got married despite the alleged assault,
Carney is charged with one felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with an unconscious person, one misdemeanor count of simple assault, and another misdemeanor for indecent assault without consent of other.