Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, where you commit to spending the rest of your days with the person you love. Yet some fairy-tale weddings don’t have a happy ending.
In late 2018, a New Jersey couple tied the knot and celebrated their love in front of their closest friends and family members. Sadly, the joyous occasion took an ugly turn when the police were called to the venue and discovered what the groom was up to…
The Big Day
After months of planning and prepping for the biggest day of their lives, 31-year-old Matthew Aimers from Willingboro, New Jersey, got married to the woman of his dreams in a romantic ceremony on November 24, 2018. After the couple said their vows, the newly married bride and groom headed to their reception.
The Celebrations Begin
After the bride and groom arrived at their reception at the Northampton Valley Country Club with their wedding party and all of their guests, the real celebrations began. For several hours, the happy couple posed for photos, mingled with guests, and had their first dance as husband and wife.
Time To Let Loose
Like most weddings, the big day required months of planning, which was stressful at times. The couple were both glad to finally be enjoying their perfect day and relaxing. Based on photos of the day that had been posted and shared by guests, everything looked absolutely perfect.
In the photos, everything from the loved-up couple to the floral arrangements looked picture perfect. However, that perfect scene didn’t last long. Within hours of walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’, however, the reception devolved into a drunken brawl.
The End Of The Night
Just after 10 in the evening, officers from the Northampton Township Police Department were called to the country club. According to the police, they had been called to the country club in Richboro, Pennsylvania, because of a complaint that a fight had broken out during the festivities.
A Drunken Brawl
At that point in the night, the reception was almost over. Yet the 31-year-old groom had started pushing and punching people near the entrance of the country club. When police arrived, they caught Aimers involved in a drunken brawl near the venue’s entrance.
Attempting To Flee
When Aimers realized the police arrived, he ignored their commands to stop fighting and speak to them. Insead, the groom tried to flee the scene and ran onto a shuttle bus that was nearby. At that point, a police officer took out his taser and boarded the bus to finally get the situation under control.
According to the arresting officer, Aimers threatened officers the entire time. While being led off the bus and into a police car, the groom called officer derogatory names and continued to try and get the cops to fight him. After a short struggle, the officers finally brought Aimers into custody.
The First Accusation
While at the Northampton Valley Country Club, officers spoke to several witnesses to get a better sense of what happened and what started the drunken brawl. According to the police, a country club employee claimed that Aimers punched him in the face after he wandered outside.
The employee explained to the police that guests are not allowed to bring alcohol outside of the club. When he tried to stop Aimers from taking his drink outside, the groom became aggressive and actually became physical. Later that night, the police charged the groom with simple assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
The Wedding Night
As a result, the groom ended up spending his wedding night in a jail cell instead of with his new bride. However, the next day, the situation became more serious when another country club employee came forward with even more disturbing accusations.
According to police records, a teenage waitress from the country club spoke to police the day after the wedding. The teen waitress claimed that just hours after getting married to his new wife, Aimers approached her during the reception and asked her to go outside with him.
Making A Move On A Minor
According to the underage girl, Aimers wanted her to go outside with him so that they could ‘make out.’ “We can do whatever you want,” an affidavit alleges Aimers told the girl. The girl told officers that she refused Aimer’s advances and tried to get back to work.
A Second Attempt
While she was shaken up from the groom’s inappropriate proposition, the teen didn’t know what to do other than keep working. Unfortunately, Aimers couldn’t accept the fact that he had been turned down. So when the girl went into the women’s bathroom later on that night, the 31-year-old followed her inside.
Taken Off Guard
According to the teen, she had been asked to check supplies in the ladies restroom. She hadn’t realized Aimers was following her, and was taken off guard when he appeared behind her and grabbed her by the arm. While she was in shock, Aimers then pushed the girl into a stall, followed her in, and closed the door behind him.
At that point, Aimers allegedly forced himself on the teen. As she tried to push him away, the groom started kissing the girl and rubbing his fingers on top of her pants. When Aimers started undoing her pants, she grabbed his hands and pushed them away.
A Gross Demand
However, the girl was still trapped inside the stall, so Aimers exposed himself and began rubbing his genitals against her. “Can you kiss me like you mean it?” the teen told police Aimers said at one point during the shocking assault that occurred at the man’s own wedding.
An Insulting Offer
At one point, Aimers even offered to pay her $100 after the teen resisted his advances yet again. Eventually, the teen managed to push past Aimers and fled the bathroom. As a result of the sexual assault accusations made by the underage country club employee, police increased his charges.
Now, the 31-year-old is facing charges of false imprisonment of a minor, indecent assault, harassment, and related offenses. Aimers has since been arraigned at Buck’s County Court and has been released from jail after he posted 10 percent of his $350,000.
Maintaining His Innocence
In the wake of the scandalous and sickening accusations, Aimers has maintained his innocence. “Matthew Aimers absolutely maintains his innocence in this matter. He did not commit any crime at his wedding reception and he looks forward to clearing his name after trial,” Aimers’ attorney, Louis Busico told Oxygen.com. “His wife remains loving, supportive, and 100% in his corner,” Busico told Buzzfeed News.