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A New Jersey groom has pleaded guilty to exposing himself to an underage cocktail server and later starting a brawl at his own wedding reception in 2018, but will avoid jail time in the case.
Matthew Aimers, 32, who was accused of molesting a teenage waitress in a bathroom stall at his wedding reception just over a year ago, was sentenced to six years probation on Thursday, according to court documents. The 32-year-old was originally charged with indecent assault, harassment, imprisonment of a minor, corruption of minors, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and public drunkenness following the disastrous wedding reception.
On Nov. 28, 2018, Aimers married his fiancée Kayla Colsher at a country club in Richboro, Pennsylvania, roughly 25 miles north of Philadelphia, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. However, following an evening of celebrating, a supposedly intoxicated Aimers tried to proposition a 17-year-old cocktail server who was working the groom’s reception. The teen told Northampton police that Aimers approached her, asking if she wanted to “make out.”
“We can do whatever you want,” he told the teenager, according to police.
She rejected him, telling police the encounter “shook her up.”
But when the server was dispatched to the women’s restroom to check on its supplies, Aimers allegedly crept after her and pulled her into a bathroom stall. Police said the reportedly inebriated groom trapped her there and began aggressively kissing and touching her.
At one point, Aimers allegedly tried unbuttoning her pants, demanding, “Can you kiss me like you mean it?”
“[She] said that he started rubbing her vagina with his fingers over top her pants,” the probable cause affidavit also stated. “[She] said the groom then pulled his penis out of his pants and began ‘wiggling’ it against her vagina, on the outside of her pants.”
Authorities said Aimers tried to get the teenager to touch his genitals but she yanked her hands away, shoved Aimers, and was able to flee the ladies room. She also told authorities that Aimers offered to pay her $100 to hook up with him.
Police arrived at the Northampton Valley Country Club shortly after 10 p.m. to find Aimers belligerently “pushing and punching people,” outside the venue. He hurled repeated insults at law enforcement, supposedly calling one arresting officer a “pussy” and a “bitch.” After a short-lived struggle, however, Aimers left his wedding reception in handcuffs. Law enforcement said Aimers also punched one of the club’s employees during the altercation.
The teenage server, who turned 18 since the incident, testified during Aimers’ trial. Bucks County prosecutors said she’s been haunted by the nightmarish wedding reception.
“This young woman was highly traumatized by what this defendant did to her, and we hope this conviction can help her to find closure and to move forward from this incident,” assistant District Attorney Megan Hunsicker said in a statement to Oxygen.com.
Hunsicker stood by the plea deal her office made with Aimers, calling his probationary sentence “the best outcome.”
By accepting the plea deal, the 32-year-old electrician dodged jail time, a severe criminal record, and avoided having to register as a sex offender. Aimers’ lawyer, Louis Busico, called the outcome “bittersweet.”
“He was always prepared to appear in court to vigorously defend himself,” Busico told Oxygen.com on Monday. “He always completely maintained his innocence. His relationship with his family became the most important thing and that’s why he opted to resolve the case in the way that he did.”
Aimers' probationary terms prohibit him from consuming alcohol or from having any contact with the country club server, according to court documents. A Bucks County judge also ordered Aimers to undergo anger management.
Busico previously contended the New Jersey newlywed was innocent by the simple fact that his wife, Kayla, hadn’t left him in the aftermath of the sexual misconduct accusations. He pointed out that Aimers’ wife frequently attended the trial — and often walked into the courthouse “arm-in-arm” with her spouse.
“[I]f his wife thought he was guilty, she ain’t staying with him,” Busico told Oxygen.com last year.
Busico, who described Aimers’ wife as “one in a million,” said her support for her husband has been unwavering.
“[She’s] remained loyal, supportive, and by his side the entire time,” he said. “They’re still together and they’re stronger than ever. He and his wife are together each and every moment.”
The couple declined to comment on Monday.
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