Wife DEFENDS husband as he stands trial for sexually assaulting a bridesmaid
The wife of a man accused of sexually assaulting a bridesmaid just days before their 2019 wedding has taken the stand to defend him.
Nicole Norris, 30, testified in court in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday that one of her bridesmaids was “aware and aware” of what she was doing with her then-fiancé Daniel Carney, 30, when caught them in the shower. on August 30, 2019, according to WNEP.
However, prosecutors say Norris wasn’t there the entire time the two were in the men’s locker room shower at the Shawnee Inn in Smithfield Township, so he couldn’t fully know what had happened.
The maid of honor, an unidentified 29-year-old woman from Oregon, later claimed that although she did not remember exactly what had happened, she had “woken up” twice during the encounter.
Nicole Norris, 30, defended her husband, Daniel Carney, 30 (pictured in his wedding registry profile photo) in court as he is accused of sexually assaulting a bridesmaid just days before of their wedding in 2019.
Nicole reportedly claimed in court that the maid of honor, who has not been named, was aware of what she was doing when Nicole found her and Daniel in a men’s locker room shower on August 30, 2019. .
She said she remembers Carney grabbing her and biting her, and later that her bikini bottoms were off and Carney was on top of her.
Carney claims the encounter was ‘consensual’ and insists the maid of honor actually initiated it.
He was later arrested for simple assault, involuntary assault, and involuntary deviant sexual intercourse of an unconscious person.
Carney is now on trial for attempted rape and attempted sexual assault.
The entire saga unraveled in August 2019 during a pre-wedding outing with members of Nicole and Daniel’s wedding party.
They spent the days leading up to the wedding drinking and rafting on the Delaware River in the Pocono Mountains, where the bridesmaid claimed that Carney and her friends had asked the unnamed bridesmaid to show other boaters for free beer.
When they returned to shore on August 30, Nicole reportedly noticed the bridesmaid was extremely intoxicated and asked Daniel to help her off the raft and into the parking lot. morning call reports.
But when everyone else got back to the hotel, they supposedly realized they hadn’t seen Daniel and the maid of honor, so Nicole went looking for them, finding them in the men’s locker room shower.
She then reportedly began yelling at Daniel, which the maid of honor later told authorities, and ran off to tell the maid of honor what had happened.
The maid of honor, who has not been named, testified Tuesday that she told Nicole she should call off the wedding. WNEP But two days later, on September 1, the wedding went ahead as planned.
It is unclear if the victim remained a bridesmaid at the wedding.
The wedding party had stayed at the Shawnee Inn in Smithfield Township in the Pocono Mountains (pictured)
One day after the wedding, the alleged victim described the incident to local police.
But the day after the wedding, the bridesmaid went to the police saying she felt “extremely violated and upset”, and was checked out by local doctors and nurses.
Police later discovered that on the morning of the wedding, Carney had texted the bridesmaid saying he was sorry and was happy to marry Nicole as he also asked her to take the so-called pill. of the day after.
“I’m as happy as ever to marry Nicole, and I know this is terrible too, but my dick was out in the shower,” he wrote, according to the outlet. Washington Post.
‘We never did, but would you consider taking Plan B to make sure just in case? Almost no chance, but still.
Please tell me yes, I beg you.
They also reportedly found surveillance footage, which police said showed Carney turning around and pushing her into the locker room while “extremely unsteady” on his feet.
After the incident, Carney told authorities he “felt like the victim had taken advantage of him,” according to the Morning Call, before finally admitting he took her to the locker room.
Carney claimed in court Tuesday that the bridesmaid initiated the sexual encounter by admitting asking her to take a Plan B pill, claiming it was at Nicole’s urging.
But in court Wednesday, WNEP reports, Carney testified that the alleged victim followed him into the men’s locker room.
He also said that she was conscious and that the entire encounter was consensual, claiming that the maid of honor followed him into the shower and they started kissing.
Carney claims that she initiated the sexual encounter and has reportedly admitted asking her to take Plan B before the wedding, claiming that Nicole asked him to text her about it.
Doctors and nurses also testified at trial stating that they saw the maid of honor after the alleged sexual assault with bruises all over her body and presented emergency room records and charts as evidence.
Prosecutors, however, say the injuries could have been from the rafting experience, as the girl admitted to falling three times. WFMZ reports.
The trial was expected to conclude on Thursday.