Pennsylvania groom drags teenage waitress into bathroom stall and sexually assaults her during his wedding reception
31-year-old Matthew Aimers is facing numerous charges stemming from the November 2018 incident after he forced himself on a teenage waitress at the Northampton Valley Country Club
What was supposed to be the happiest day of his life for a Pennsylvania groom quickly turned into a nightmare that was of his own making. 31-year-old Matthew Aimers was arrested at his wedding in Northampton Township, Bucks County, on November 24 last year after what was described by the authorities as a "drunken brawl."
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the newly-wed Aimers also forced himself on a teenage waitress during the reception at the Northampton Valley Country Club, groping her and then exposing himself to her after cornering her in a bathroom stall.
An affidavit of the probable cause for arrest states Aimers approached the victim and "asked her to go outside and make out," telling her the two of them could "do whatever you want." After she rejected his advances, he followed her into the women's bathroom, pulled her into an empty stall, exposed himself to her, and sexually assaulted her.
Even when the teen tried to pull away, the 31-year-old continued to "proposition her," the affidavit reads, and at one point, he offered her $100. She managed to escape from his grasps and run from the bathroom, but the reception would only get more unruly from there.
Officers from the Northampton Township Police responded to the country club as the reception service was winding down to reports of a fight and reportedly found Aimers "pushing and punching people." An employee at the club told officers the groom had punched him when he tried to stop the 31-year-old from taking alcohol outside.
The affidavit said Aimers then ignored officers' commands to stop and tried to run by boarding a shuttle bus parked near the country club. When one of the officers got on to the bus and ordered the groom to leave, he responded by calling the officer derogatory names and tried to goad the officer into a fight. Even when he finally got off the bus, he continued to struggle and resist before he was eventually taken into custody.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Aimers was subsequently charged with indecent assault, indecent exposure, imprisonment of a minor, harassment, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest in connection to the incident.
He faced his preliminary hearing on Jan. 17, and is set to be arraigned in Bucks County Court in Doylestown next week. Aimers was released on Wednesday, February 6, after posting 10 percent of his $350,000 bail. He will face his preliminary hearing on the sex assault case on February 21.
Speaking about the case, his attorney, Louis Busico said his client "absolutely denies all charges" and that he "maintains his innocence, and he looks forward to clearing his name when this is all concluded."