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Bahamian admits to bigamy

Primary school teacher Ruddy Charlton (centre) was arraigned on Tuesday on bigamy charges.

Primary school teacher Ruddy Charlton (centre) was arraigned on Tuesday on bigamy charges.

NASSAU — A‚57-year-old teacher admitted to having two wives when he made an initial appearance before a magistrate yesterday.

Ruddy Charlton, of Pine Barren Road, married his Jamaican girlfriend Mitchell Thompson on August 22, 2012 without ending his marriage to his first wife, Brenda.

Charlton, who teaches grades four through six at Carlton Francis Primary, admitted the charge of bigamy before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.

The court heard that Charlton married his first wife in Detroit, Michigan, in July 1978. They reportedly separated because Charlton was unfaithful and he eventually returned to Nassau.

Mrs. Charlton made a complaint to police after learning that her husband had another wife.

Charlton’s lawyer, Michael Kemp, asked the court to request a probation report before passing sentence. Kemp said Charlton may have a mental condition, notwithstanding that he was able to function as a teacher.

Kemp said Charlton was active in his church before he “backslid and engaged in the pleasure of a certain type of flesh”.

Kemp said: “This is a very serious matter. I crave the court’s indulgence in this regard. I will let the chips fall where they may.”

Rolle-Davis remanded Charlton to prison pending sentencing. He makes his next court appearance on May 9. (Nassau Guardian)

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