Man charged with hate crime at Delaware gay pride festival

DOVER, Del. (AP/WTXF) -- A Delaware man charged with a hate crime is accused of assaulting a man at a gay pride festival and groping two others.

Authorities 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.

Wiley was initially charged with three counts of offensive touching, third degree assault, resisting arrest and related offenses. Wiley received a $3,900 secured bond on those charges.

Wiley received a $500 secured bond on the hate crime charge and was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, but has since been released on bond.

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