Groom on trial testifies sexual encounter with bridesmaid was consensual, not assault

STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The groom accused of sexually assaulting a bridesmaid two days earlier than his personal wedding ceremony testified that she got here onto him. His spouse additionally took the stand for the protection.

​A key piece of proof introduced to the jury Wednesday was a recorded cellphone name between the alleged sufferer and Daniel Carney. She stated she feels she was taken benefit of when she was blackout drunk. He repeatedly apologized and stated he had no concept “why this occurred.” The 2 couldn’t agree on who initiated the encounter.

Carney and his spouse walked into the Monroe County Courthouse hand in hand for day three of his trial. He is going through prices of tried rape and tried sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault with out consent.

The details the prosecution and protection do agree on: in 2019, the bridal celebration spent the Friday earlier than the Sunday wedding ceremony consuming and tubing on the Delaware River. Carney and a bridesmaid ended up collectively in a locker room contained in the Shawnee Inn.

What occurred main as much as that time, inside that locker room between the 2 and afterwards is what the attorneys have been debating.

The lady informed police she was led away from the water and did not know what occurred, till she awoke within the males’s locker room on the Shawnee Inn.

Carney’s pal testified the bridesmaid and Carney have been mutually “canoodling” earlier than the incident in query.

In the meantime, State Police introduced the jury with surveillance video that investigators say present Carney pulling the bridesmaid into the locker room.

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Nevertheless, Carney stated she requested to observe him into the bathe.

Jury members noticed photographs of bruises on varied elements of the bridesmaid’s physique, through which responding medical personnel testify might have been from an assault. Carney’s lawyer argues they might have been from her falling within the river.

A State Police forensic investigator testified Carney texted the bridesmaid, saying errors have been made, he is aware of that is horrible, he is comfortable as ever to marry his spouse and asking the alleged sufferer to take the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

​The maid-of-honor testified the alleged sufferer regarded fully out of it when she was discovered, however Carney’s spouse disputes that.

Monday, the jury heard from the alleged sufferer and a safety guard on the Shawnee Inn. Tuesday, jury members heard from the physician and nurse who noticed the alleged sufferer three days after the reported assault, an knowledgeable in victims response to sexual assault and the maid-of-honor within the wedding ceremony. Wednesday, they heard from the investigating state trooper, two of Carney’s mates, Carney and Carney’s spouse.

Carney, who’s now a father, has been out on bond.

Rebuttals and shutting arguments are scheduled for Thursday.