A simple check on Facebook led a woman down a deep rabbit hole of discovery that ended with the revelation that her husband was already married to at least three other women and had divorced another, according to an incident report.
The woman, whose identity has been protected by the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, filed a complaint with investigators after she saw wedding photos of her husband, 49-year-old Darnell Pixley, with another woman on Facebook.
The incident report says the woman then found the marriage license of the November 2013 ceremony.
"Then she decided that she wanted to follow through with it. As absurd as it sounds, and as kind of bizarre that it might be that a man would have multiple wives, it is illegal," said Sheriff Lee Foster.
Pixley was arrested Wednesday and charged with bigamy.
"He was not in to wanting to talk to us about it," said Foster. "He had made just a few comments regarding that he thought maybe it was a misunderstanding, but past that, he didn't have anything else to say."
Foster says his investigators found two other women to whom Pixley was married. The women lived in Aiken, Saluda, and Richland counties. Foster says there may be more wives.
"We don't know his motive yet," Foster said.
Pixley's previous marriages date back to 1988.
Online court records indicate Pixley was granted a $2,500 personal recognizance bond with an order to have no contact with any of his alleged wives.
"It didn't appear that they were completely shocked, but they didn't have any clue, I don't think, of what was going on," said Foster.
However, Foster says Pixley's most recent bride seems to be supportive.
Pixley will have to go to criminal and family court and could face jail time. Bigamy is a felony.
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