Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., say they were able to bust a man on polygamy charges after his first wife noticed he had "defriended" her on Facebook and posted photos of his second marriage.
Richard Leon Barton Jr., 34, reportedly met his first wife, Adina Quarto, online and married the Rhode Island woman in 2004. But the couple quickly became estranged after Barton was hauled back to Michigan and imprisoned for violating his parole, The Grand Rapids Press reports.
With Barton behind bars, the husband and wife fell out of touch, though they eventually reconnected on Facebook about a year ago after Barton's release.
But weeks after they began communicating online, Barton abruptly nixed their Internet friendship, according to Quarto. She became suspicious and snooped around still-public sections of his Facebook page where she discovered photos of Barton and another woman getting married in July.
"I put two and two together. They were definitely his wedding photos," Quarto told the paper. "I was shocked. I didn't think he would be so stupid as to get married without first getting a divorce."
Barton reportedly told his second wife he was divorced.
After realizing her husband had wed another woman, Quarto says she tried to convince Barton to file for divorce -- and only contacted authorities when he failed to do so.
For his part, Barton -- who has been charged with a felony count of polygamy -- claims he thought he signed divorce papers in 2007 when he was incarcerated.
"I let love get in the way," he told the Press.
Read more at The Grand Rapids Press.