Facebook Incriminates Bigamist
A word of caution to any would-be bigamists who may be reading this: If you’re posting photos of your second wedding to Facebook, you might want to make sure your first wife can’t see them.
That’s precisely what Richard Barton Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, did; he’s now out of jail, perhaps but briefly, on a personal recognizance bond.
Barton, 34, had been estranged from his first wife, Adina Quarto, for a period of several years. The couple, who have a six-year-old son, had discussed getting a divorce in the past, but neither party followed through on those discussions.
As Quarto told The Grand Rapids Press, “He told me he just wanted to ignore the situation and pretend I didn’t exist.”
Barton had also become engaged in 2010 to a woman who thought he was divorced; shortly after that, he unfriended his first wife on Facebook and married the other woman, posting wedding photos to his Facebook profile.
Unfortunately for Barton, he never adjusted the privacy settings on those photos to disallow viewing by his first wife. Although she and Barton were no longer Facebook friends, Quarto was able to see pictures of what appeared to be a beach wedding.
After a few months and still none of the promised divorce papers in the mail, Quarto did the only thing she could do: She called the police. Barton was arrested Wednesday.
We know that Facebook photos have recently been providing some pretty damning evidence in divorce cases, but this latest misstep takes Facebook faux pas to an entirely new level.
I don’t think bigamy should be illegal. I don’t think polygamy should be illegal. All parties consenting, marry or fuck whoever you damn well please.
However, this particular case isn’t about all parties consenting. The first wife and the husband did not want to be together but neither had bothered to file for divorce and then he remarried. Still, it seems more like a matter to settle between themselves.
Why are politicians out there trying to keep homosexuals from getting married and why are there still laws preventing consensual plural marriages when divorcerate.org reports the following:
“50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce, according to Jennifer Baker of the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America: The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41% The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60% The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%”
I don’t think the guy should have gotten arrested, and I don’t like that our interactions on social media sites have real-world consequences.
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