A corrections officer has been charged with bigamy after his first wife found out about his second wife through Facebook, authorities in Washington state said.
Alan Leighton O’Neill, 41, was arraigned Thursday in Superior Court of Washington in Pierce County. He pleaded not guilty to bigamy — a felony — and was released without bail.
O’Neill is also known as Alan Fulk. He and his first wife, Ellenora, were married in 2001. According to court documents, he moved out in 2009.
Fulk changed his surname to O’Neill and married Teri Ann Frye in December 2011, but he never obtained a divorce from his first wife, the documents state.
Ellenora Fulk allegedly found out about her estranged husband’s second wife when Facebook suggested they be friends because of their connection to the same man — O’Neill.
“Wife No. 1 went to wife No. 2′s page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told The Associated Press.
O’Neill’s first wife called his mother. Shortly after that call, O’Neill allegedly visited Fulk, admitted they were not divorced and told her he would “fix the problem,” court documents say.
Fulk called the police.
“Most of us find that one spouse is enough work and joy. I’m not sure why someone would want two,” Lindquist told KOMO. “I can’t help but think Valentine’s Day must have been real stressful with two wives.”
ABC News attempted to reach Frye, Fulk and O’Neill Sunday evening. Fulk declined to comment, while Frye and O’Neill did not return messages.
O’Neill was placed on paid administrative leave from his job as a Pierce County corrections officer.