A Monroe County, Pennsylvania, jury found a man accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a bridesmaid in his and his now-wife’s wedding party ahead of their 2019 nuptials guilty on four out of five charges.
The jury, made up of five women and seven men, began deliberations around 1 p.m. Thursday.
After nine hours of deliberation, Carney, 30, was found guilty on four out of the five charges he was facing: attempted sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, simple assault, and indecent assault without the consent of others.
He was found not guilty of attempt to rape an unconscious victim.
“We were disappointed by the verdict and will be pursuing an appeal,” Carney’s attorney, Jim Swetz.
Carney allegedly forced himself on one of his wife’s bridesmaids on August 30, 2019, following a pre-wedding celebration that involved drinking and rafting on the Delaware River.
Police began investigating after the victim, then 29, went to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono and told hospital staff that she had been sexually assaulted.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Carney insisted to police he did nothing wrong, and that he “felt like he was taken advantage of by the victim.”
However, he later amended his account, allegedly admitting he grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her into the men’s locker room at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, where the alleged assault occurred.
Investigators were able to obtain surveillance footage that allegedly corroborates aspects of the victim’s account, which was shown to the jury during Tuesday’s testimony.
The woman said she lost consciousness because of her intoxication and woke up to a sharp pain as Carney allegedly bit her and groped her. She said she lost consciousness again, and alleged she woke up to find Carney on top of her.
Carney’s wife allegedly found him and the victim in the shower, the maid of honor said.
According to the affidavit, Carney’s now-wife interrupted the alleged assault and started reprimanding him. A physical fight between the couple ensued in the resort’s parking lot, but they got married two days later, the affidavit states.
Carney allegedly admitted to investigators he was highly intoxicated on the night of the alleged assault, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit further alleges investigators were listening in on a call between Carney and the alleged victim. During the call, Carney allegedly admitted he touched the woman’s genitals.
“He stated that they did not have actual sex, but repeatedly told her he was sorry, specifically repeating that it was all his fault,” reads the affidavit.
Carney allegedly texted the bridesmaid after the alleged assault, saying he made a mistake and he’s happy to marry his wife, a state police forensic investigator told the jury.
In an affidavit, detectives reviewed the text messages allegedly sent from Carney to the victim, which read, “I wanted to apologize again for everything. Can we please just be as happy as possible for the bride today? Mistakes are behind us and I just need total closure before I do this that is why I’m sending this. I’m as happy as ever to marry the bride and I know this is terrible as well but my d— was out in the shower.”
“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. Please tell me yes I’m begging you,” the text continued.