A Pennsylvania man was convicted of attempting to sexually assault a bridesmaid two days before his wedding in 2019.
Daniel Carney, 30, was found guilty on four of five counts Friday to conclude a trial in Stroudsburg, local ABC affiliate WNEP reported. He was hauled out of court in handcuffs.
Carney was convicted of attempted sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault and indecent assault, according to local TV station WFMZ. He was acquitted of attempted rape.
The bridesmaid and Carney were both very drunk after a pre-wedding rafting trip down the Delaware River on Aug. 30, 2019, witnesses for both sides testified.
Surveillance video, which was shown to the jury, showed Carney pulling the bridesmaid into the men’s locker room at a resort on the Delaware, WFMZ reported. Prosecutors noted that Carney didn’t bring any bathing materials with him.
The victim told police that she was too drunk to consent to any sexual activity. Carney’s defense team claimed that she initiated the interaction by flirting with Carney on the rafting trip.
After Carney and the woman disappeared for some time, bride-to-be Nicole Carney found them together in a bathroom shower. She screamed at Daniel and found her maid of honor, according to a police report.
However, Nicole testified in Daniel’s defense, WNEP reported. She said the bridesmaid was conscious and aware, claiming the woman consented to Daniel’s advances.
The wedding went off as planned two days later.
Prosecutors cited text messages Carney sent to the bridesmaid after the assault: “I know this is terrible as well but my d— was out in the shower,” he wrote. “We never did do it but would you consider taking plan b to make damn certain just in case? There is almost no chance but still.”
Carney will be sentenced in July, according to WFMZ. He could face significant jail time, as he was convicted on two felony counts.