Sean Wiley, 31, surrendered to Dover police Aug. 16
Detectives with the Dover Police Department have charged a Dover man with a hate crime offense and several other charges following an incident at the Delaware Pride Festival.
Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said the incident took place at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 on Legislative Mall as police were called in to investigate a report of a fight.
Officers contacted a 62-year-old man who was bleeding from the mouth, learning he had been assaulted by 31-year-old Sean Wiley.
Wiley, whom Hoffman said was “showing obvious signs of intoxication,” shouted homosexual slurs at the injured man and others while police were questioning him, and openly admitted to punching the man.
Police also learned Wiley had assaulted a 46-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man by grabbing their private body parts, Hoffman said.
Wiley also took a swing at a Dover officer while they were trying to get his identification; he was taken to the ground while still resisting and ultimately put in a police cruiser and taken to police headquarters.
Wiley was initially charged with three counts of offensive touching, third-degree assault, menacing, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, third-degree trespass and a felony count of resisting arrest.
He was freed from custody after posting a $3,900 secured bond.
However, a post-incident investigation led to the decision to charge Wiley with a hate crime, prompting his surrender to police on Aug. 16, Hoffman said.
Wiley was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in lieu of a $500 secured bond on the hate crime charge, but later was released on bail.