Wife discovers correctional officer's other bride on Facebook

March 8, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

A Pierce County correctional officer is in trouble for marrying one woman, while still married to his first wife.

Alan O'Neill moved out of the home he shared with his first wife, changed his name and took up with another bride, without getting a divorce.

When O'Neill's first wife became aware of his second wife from posts on Facebook, she turned to his mother for help.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said the man then returned to his first wife and admitted that, yes - he had married another woman.

If convicted of bigamy, O'Neill could spend up to a year in jail.

"Most of us find that one spouse is sufficient," said Lindquist. "I don't know why he wanted two."

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