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Teacher Admits Bigamy Charge

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

AN elementary teacher admitted to being a bigamist when he was arraigned before a magistrate yesterday morning.

However, before any sentence or punishment could be passed on 57-year-old Ruddy Charlton, of Joe Farrington Road, his attorney Michael Kemp expressed concern that his client may have a mental condition and needed to be properly evaluated.
Presiding magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis said he was confused by the attorney’s submission that a “functioning teacher” employed with the Ministry of Education may have a mental condition.
However, he did not object to ordering that a probation report be prepared with respect to Charlton before his punishment on May 9.
Charlton pleaded guilty to the bigamy charge when it was alleged that on August 22, 2012, knowing he was still married to Brenda Charlton, went through a marriage ceremony with Jamaican Mitchell Donnalyn Thompson.
According to the brief facts read by the police prosecutor, Mrs Chartlon reported to the police that her husband was involved in another marital affair.
She told officers that she and the accused were married in July 1978 in Detroit, Michigan where they resided until their separation some years later following knowledge of infidelity.
She recently found out that he married another woman in August 2012 and reported it to the police.
The police arrested the accused and visited the Registrar’s office to confirm that Mr and Mrs Charlton were still married as no petition for divorce was ever made.
In an interview with police, the 57-year-old acknowledged that he married Mrs Charlton in 1978 and married again in 2012 knowing that he still had no grounds to go into the latter.
When asked by the magistrate if he accepted the facts, Charlton said, “Yes.”
Mr Kemp then addressed the court on behalf of his client.
“There is concern that Mr Charlton may have some type of mental condition, notwithstanding that he is employed with the Ministry of Education and is a school teacher,” the attorney said.
He requested that a probation report be prepared with respect to his client.
The magistrate expressed confusion by the request.
“I say confused because you’re saying the man is a functioning teacher in our system, yet at the same time, he may have a mental condition,” the magistrate commented.
Mr Kemp said the matter was a serious one. He requested the court’s assistance.
Magistrate Rolle-Davis said he would “indulge” Mr Kemp’s request because the attorney does not make such requests often.
The matter was stood down to May 9 when a probation report on Charlton’s evaluation will be presented before any punishment for the offence is handed down.

Comments

vigilant_citizen 7 years, 7 months ago

So...if I got this straight. Man marries woman, man separates from woman, man marries second woman over 30 years later. Original woman hears man was remarried, decides to get her "husband" locked up and now the man claims that he is mentally unstable. This matter could have been handled out of court instead of wasting the tax payers money and the courts time. The man should be fined and a mandatory divorce to the wife of his choosing should be made.

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Concerned 7 years, 7 months ago

Hell has no fury like a woman's scorn. After all these years, the original wife still had it in with the no good husband.

Another great part to this story is the Jamaican woman who, according to her hyphenated surname, already went through one or two marriages herself. Hope she got her refund if this was a paid marriage of convenience so she can get spousal residency.

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Katerina 5 years, 11 months ago

Ohh...this is so complicated. This article almost make me smile. Sometimes women are so difficult to understand. http://despreplatfus.tumblr.com/">Katy

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leonardo85 5 years, 3 months ago

If he has admitted then the court should not at all delay the matter, it should immediately announce the punishment. In any legal proceedings delay could indeed make the matter complicated. Therefore it is essential to hire lawyer from a good law firm like Conniff Law Offices which could be accessed online at http://connifflaw.com/">http://connifflaw.com/.

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karina 4 years, 5 months ago

This is a serious charge and he should not have committed this crime. However, often couples decide to separate ways because of infidelity issue. But if a couple have kids then they still have to stay in touch because of the children, for this they should take https://www.propercomm.com/parents/">co-parenting communication assistance.

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