May 22, 2019
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Accused bigamist likely to be prosecuted in NH before Maine

Franklin County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office via CBS 13 | BDN
Franklin County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office via CBS 13 | BDN
Michael Middleton, 43, of Old Orchard Beach.

An Old Orchard Beach man accused of bigamy who faces charges in New Hampshire and Maine will likely face prosecutors in the Granite State first.

York County District Attorney Kathryn Slattery told the Journal Tribune that she expects Michael Middleton, 43, to be extradited first to New Hampshire, where he faces charges of bigamy and domestic violence.

In New Hampshire, bigamy, a Class B felony, carries a penalty of 3½ to 7 years in prison, a fine up to $4,000 and up to 5 years probation, according to the Tribune.

In Maine, Middleton, who is currently being held at the Franklin County Jail in Columbus, Ohio, faces charges of domestic violence assault, violation of conditions of release and violation of a protective order, according to the Tribune. Middleton is also wanted on a 2015 warrant out of Presque Isle for allegedly failing to pay a fine for operating under the influence and operating without a license, the Tribune reports.

Middleton was arrested in Ohio last week after he failed to show up for a court date in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, New Hampshire.

Prosecutors have accused Middleton of marrying women he met online and then vanishing after gaining control of their assets. He is accused of marrying a New Hampshire woman while being married to women in Alabama and Georgia.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.


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