Man Charged With Hate Crime at Delaware Gay Pride Festival

Man faces hate crime charge after alleged attack and gropings at Delaware gay pride festival

Tatiana Muhammad
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

A Delaware man charged with a hate crime is accused of assaulting a man at a gay pride festival and groping two others.

Dover Police on Tuesday announced the misdemeanor hate crime charge against 31-year-old Sean Wiley in connection with the Aug. 11 Delaware Pride Festival.

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

Investigators also determined Wiley "had grabbed 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.

He faces multiple charges. It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

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