In a bizarre story involving Facebook “friends,” a Washington man has been charged with bigamy after the social media site revealed he had married two women.
CBS News reported April 16 that 41-year-old Alan L. O’Neill, a Washington state corrections officer, married a woman in 2001, separated from her eight years later, then changed his name and married another woman.
The two wives revealed O’Neill’s deception when they looked into the fact they had both shown up as “friends” of their husband’s Facebook profile.
“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 today.
O’Neill’s first wife then called and confronted the mother of wife No. 2.
“An hour later the defendant arrived at [Wife No. 1's] apartment, and she asked him several times if they were divorced,” court records show. “The defendant said, ‘No, we are still married.’”
O’Neill allegedly asked that his first wife not alert authorities to the bigamy, which is illegal under federal and state laws. However, she went ahead and reported his duplicity.
O’Neill was previously known as Alan Fulk and currently works as a Pierce County corrections officer, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. He was placed on leave after being charged. O’Neill faces up to a year in jail if convicted.