Man charged with hate crime after alleged assault at Del. Pride Festival

Sean Wiley, 31, of Dover  (Courtesy of Dover PD)

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he was involved in an assault that happened at the Delaware Pride Festival.

DOVER, Del. – The Dover Police Department says on August 11, around 3:30 PM, officers responded to the Delaware Pride Festival being held on Legislative Mall, for a reported fight. Once on scene, police say they encountered a 62-year-old male victim who was bleeding from the mouth. Authorities report that 31-year-old Sean Wiley was the suspect involved in the incident. According to law enforcement, when asked about the incident, Wiley was shouting homosexual slurs at the victim and others at the festival and he openly stated that he punched him in the face.

Further investigation revealed that Wiley had grabbed private body parts of a 46-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man who were also attending the festival. According to the report, Wiley also swung at a police officer during the investigation. Officers say the Dover man was taken to the ground where he continued to resist arrest.

He was arrested and initially charged with offensive touching (3 counts), assault third degree, menacing, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, trespass third degree, and resisting arrest (felony). He was issued a $3,900 secured bond on these charges.

Law enforcement says a warrant was later obtained for the charge of hate crime.

On Thursday, Wiley turned himself in to the Dover Police Department. Authorities report that the 31-year-old has since been released from the James T Vaughn Correctional Center after receiving a $500 secured bond on the hate crime charge.

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