Matthew Aimers (seen in February 2019 after he was charged with assault) was sentenced on Thursday to six years’ probation
A New Jersey groom who allegedly forced himself on an underage waitress during his wedding reception will avoid prison time and won’t have to register as a sex offender as part of a negotiated plea deal with prosecutors.
Matthew Aimers, 32, of Willingboro was sentenced on Thursday to six years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of simple assault, indecent exposure, and disorderly conduct – all misdemeanors, according to records.
The simple assault charges stem from a separate incident involving Aimers and another staff member who told him he could not take alcohol outside.
As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the more serious charges, including indecent assault, imprisonment of a minor, harassment, and other offenses, were dropped.
A Bucks County official said Aimers was ordered to have no contact with the victim. The victim’s age has not been made public.
Aimers is also required to undergo anger management and must continue treatment with a therapist.
Aimers (seen above with wife Kayla at their wedding in Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro in November 2018) is alleged to have sexually assaulted an underage waitress during his own wedding reception
Aimers is alleged to have exposed himself to the underage waitress. ‘Can you kiss me like you mean it?’ Aimers is said to have told the waitress during the encounter
Aimers was supported publicly by his wife, Kayla, who was seen holding her husband’s hand as they made their way into court for proceeding last April
If he complies with the terms of his probation, his punishment could be reduced even further.
Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Megan Hunsicker told the The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday that prosecutors decided it was best to negotiate a plea agreement with Aimers after consulting with the alleged victim.
Hunsicker said that the plea deal was ‘the best outcome.’
‘The victim in this case was highly traumatized by what he did to her,’ Hunsicker said.
‘His actions were inappropriate and unwarranted.
‘This conviction will, I hope, provide her with a resolution that allows her life to move on.’
The waitress alleged that Aimers (pictured with his wife, Kayla) propositioned her, offering $100. After she refused his advances, he allegedly followed her into the ladies’ bathroom and cornered her in a stall
Aimers’ lawyer, Louis Busico, expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the case.
‘As of last week, we were fully ready and prepared to proceed to trial on all charges in both cases,’ Busico said.
‘However, when additional discussions and negotiations produced a result which would not incarcerate Mr. Aimers, which would not result in any felony convictions, and would not have any registration requirements, we believed it was in the best interest to resolve this case in this fashion, so his life can go on.’
Aimers was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged incident, which took place during his wedding reception at Northampton Valley Country Club in Richboro, Pennsylvania, in November 2018.
Authorities alleged in court documents that Aimers approached the waitress and propositioned her for sex, offering $100.
She refused. Moments later, Aimers allegedly followed her into the ladies’ bathroom and cornered her in a stall.
He then began kissing and touching her inappropriately, according to investigators.
Aimers is then alleged to have exposed himself to the waitress.
‘Can you kiss me like you mean it?’ Aimers is said to have told the waitress during the encounter.
The waitress was then able to push Aimers away and escape, according to authorities.
Aimers was arrested a few hours after the reception on unrelated charges after he punched an employee who tried to stop him from taking alcohol outside.
At his previous court appearance, Aimers was supported publicly by his wife, Kayla, who was seen holding her husband’s hand as they made their way inside.
His attorney said at the time that their united front was proof of his innocence, telling the court: ‘If he committed a crime, not even Dr. Phil could keep them together.
‘And the fact that they still are together shows that my client is an innocent man.’