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Man Charged With Hate Crime After Assaults At Delaware Gay Pride Festival

A Delaware man has been charged with a hate crime after assaulting a man at a gay pride festival and groping two others on August 11th.

Dover police spokesman Mark Hoffman says witnesses at the festival contacted police, after finding a 62-year-old man bleeding from a punch in the mouth. Sean Wiley was identified as a suspect. Police say he was drunk and shouting slurs at festival attendees.

 Besides the the assault Wiley also “grabbed the private body parts” of a 31-year-old man and 46-year-old woman at the festival. Hoffman says Wiley tried to punch an officer, and was arrested.

 Wiley was initially charged with Offensive Touching (3 counts), Assault 3rd Degree, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Trespass 3rd Degree, and Resisting Arrest (felony). As the investigation progressed, police obtained a warrant for the Hate Crime charge.

 Wiley was arrested and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, but has since been released on bond. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.


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