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UPDATE: Groom acquitted of attempted rape, found guilty on other charges

While jurors acquitted Carney of attempted rape, they convicted him of attempted sexual assault and simple assault.

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — UPDATE:

In handcuffs, Daniel Carney of Stroudsburg walked out of the courtroom at The Monroe county courthouse. 

Carney was on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting one of his wife's bridesmaids just days before his wedding at Shawnee Inn back in 2019.

Jurors found him guilty of attempted sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and simple assault. However, he was acquitted on the attempted rape charge.

Prosecutors say the encounter happened after a river rafting trip when both Carney and the bridesmaid were heavily intoxicated. 

In closing arguments, the defense said they proved through evidence and witness testimony that the alleged victim was conscious and knew what she was doing even though she doesn't remember every detail. 

The prosecution reminded jurors about witnesses who testified about how drunk the bridesmaid was after the rafting trip.

So drunk, according to prosecutors, she could not consent to the locker room encounter.

Prosecutors say this is a win, hoping more sexual assault victims speak out.  

"We are pleased with the verdict, and we are hopeful that this will encourage victims to come forward to our office for these types of cases," said Christy Schlottman, Assistant District Attorney.

Carney is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26.

At the sentencing, a judge will determine whether he will have to register as a sex offender.

Original story:

In Monroe County, a jury has acquitted a groom on charges of attempted rape but found him guilty on a host of other counts.

Daniel Carney was accused of sexually assaulting one of his wife's bridesmaids just days before his wedding at Shawnee Inn in 2019. 

Prosecutors say the bridesmaid was too drunk to consent to the encounter. 

While jurors acquitted Carney of attempted rape, they did convict him of attempted sexual assault and simple assault.

Both Carney and his wife testified for the defense in his trial in Monroe County.

Original story: 

A jury in Monroe County is deliberating the case of a groom accused of sexually assaulting a member of his wedding party.

Daniel Carney is accused of sexually assaulting his wife's bridesmaid in a locker room at Shawnee Inn Resort, just days before his wedding in August of 2019.

The jury, made up of five women and seven men, has been deliberating since 1 p.m. Thursday.

Prosecutors say the encounter happened after a river rafting trip, during which both Carney and the bridesmaid were heavily intoxicated.

In closing arguments, the defense said the evidence and witness testimony prove the alleged victim was conscious and knew what she was doing, even though she doesn't remember every detail.

The prosecution reminded jurors about witnesses who testified about how drunk the bridesmaid was after the rafting trip — so drunk, according to prosecutors, that she could not consent to the locker room encounter.

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