Two trips to the altar for a Flanders man means he now has a date in court on the rare charge of bigamy, police said Thursday.
Marques Lorenzo Bloxon, 30, was first married in Farmingville on Oct. 10, 2007, then got hitched again at 1:16 p.m. on June 6, 2014, using a license issued in Southampton Village Hall, Southampton Village Police Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said Thursday.
Bloxon was arrested on Aug. 13 by Southampton Village police and charged with bigamy, a Class E felony. He also was charged with misdemeanors including second-degree making an apparently sworn false statement, offering a false instrument for filing and unlawfully procuring a marriage license.DataLI crime stats
"I don't know that I've ever seen it charged," Lamison said about the bigamy count. Punishment for bigamy can range from no jail and/or probation to 1 1/3 to 4 years behind bars, according to state law.
The district attorneys' offices in Nassau and Suffolk could not immediately say the last time they had prosecuted a bigamy case.
Lamison said records indicate no divorce decree was ever granted for the first marriage, making the second one illegal. He said the second wife, whose identity was not released, had filed a complaint that led to the police investigation.
"We started to look into it," Lamison said, "and we found this guy was still married -- and that he did marry again."
He said police are investigating the circumstances of the first marriage and said Bloxon could face additional charges. Lamison said police have been in contact with the first wife, who now lives in "the Brooklyn area." Her name also wasn't released.
Bloxon was released on $250 bail. He is next scheduled to appear in Village Court on Sept. 21, Lamison said.
It was not immediately clear whether Bloxon was represented by an attorney.
Bloxon could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. A woman who identified herself as his mother told a reporter she would pass on a message seeking comment. With Laura Blasey