Daniel J. Carney, 28, a Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania husband, is facing a real challenge and some tough questions after his September 1 wedding. He is being accused of sexual assault.
The incident reportedly happened just two days before the big day and involved one of the bridesmaids at his own wedding.
The man was arraigned on Monday after he was charged Friday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and assault.
Carney allegedly assaulted the 29-year-old bridesmaid at a hotel and told her to be “as happy as possible” to avoid ruining the bride’s big day.
The alleged attacker stated all of this in text messages sent to his victim, which have been reported to authorities.
He sent her the following text: “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 why I’m sending this. I’m as happy as ever to marry (her).”
According to the affidavit, he also allegedly 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. Please tell me yes I’m begging you.”
After accessing a September 2 phone call between the alleged victim and Carney, the affidavit revealed: “He stated that they did not have actual sex, but repeatedly told her he was sorry, specifically repeating that it was all his fault.”
Surveillance footage has confirmed parts of the woman’s story, as the alleged attacker can be seen dragging her away to a locker room, where he reportedly proceeded to assault her.
She was reportedly unconscious for part of the assault and woke up to find the man biting and grabbing her.
She then blacked out again, and the second time she woke up, she was on the floor with him on top of her, and her bikini taken off.
The scene of the assault was discovered by the future bride herself, who immediately started screaming at her then-fiancé.
One of the other bridesmaids rushed in to help and pulled the girl out of the locker room. The man initially attempted to accuse his victim, claiming that she was the one who came onto him.
He also tried to apologize to the woman, but she did not want to hear any of it, stating that she was extremely upset by the attack and did not want to interact with her alleged assaulter in any way.
The alleged victim had spent the afternoon drinking after going rafting on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania.
Carney was released on $100,000 unsecured bail.