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Church Deacon Arrested For Bigamy (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

An unfaithful church deacon didn't just face his wife's wrath after she found out about his lies -- he was also arrested.

Police arrested 65-year-old Arturo Reid on Sept. 14 for bigamy after his New York wife, 70-year-old Annette, found out he also was married to a Pennsylvania woman, the New York Post reports.

"Based on the results of the investigation, it is alleged that the defendant is married to two women," the district attorney's office confirmed, The Morning Call reports.

Annette reported Reid's infidelity to authorities in June 2016 after stumbling upon a February 2015 receipt revealing Reid paid for a Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, license.

However, Reid was not arrested until September. He has since been released on his own recognizance.

The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights deacon, Reid, reportedly tied the knot with his second wife on March 13, 2015. He was still wedded to Annette, whom he had married in November 2004.

One can see photos of Reid's second wife all over his Facebook, with captions such as “my wife,” “my love,” and “the most beautiful woman in the world.”

Those who know the couple expressed sympathy for Annette.

“She is so nice," said the super of Annette's home. "I feel so bad. She is always going to church and cooking and baking cakes for her church."

It's not the first time a man got in trouble for being married to two women at the same time, News One reports.

A Washington corrections officer also faced bigamy charges after one of his wives found out through Facebook about the other woman.

The woman found out about the infidelity after noticing she and a potential 'friend" were listed as married to the same man.

“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 said to the Associated Press.

“Facebook is now a place where people discover things about each other they end up reporting to law enforcement,” Lindquist added.

Sources: New York Post, The Morning CallNews One / Photo credit: OV, Arturo Reid/Facebook

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