Groom accused of assaulting wedding waitress to stand trial

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office shows Matthew Aimers of Willingboro, N.J. A Pennsylvania judge in a Bucks County court upheld all charges, Thursday, April 12, against Aimers, including indecent assault, indecent exposure, imprisonment of a minor and related offenses in a Nov. 2018 incident at his wedding reception. The groom is accused of forcing himself on a teenage waitress at the Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro. (Bucks County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — A judge has ruled that a groom can go to trial on charges he forced himself on a teenage waitress at his wedding reception.

Matthew Aimers, of Willingboro, New Jersey, arrived at court Thursday in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his new wife at his side.

The judge upheld all charges, including indecent assault, indecent exposure, imprisonment of a minor and related offenses in the November conflict at the Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro.

Aimers' attorney, Louis Busico, says his client "denies and rejects" the accusations by the waitress, who is now 18. He says Aimers' wife, Kayla, "150 percent supports him."

An affidavit says the waitress had spurned Aimers' advances during the reception. Police allege he followed her into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. He was taken from the hall in handcuffs after a drunken brawl.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the accuser testified Thursday and that spectators were removed from the courtroom.

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