A Lake Forest Park man has been charged with bigamy after marrying a second woman while still in an official marriage with his wife of 23 years.
According to police documents cited by King County prosecutors, Elizabeth McDanel told police on Oct. 7 that her husband, 47-year-old Patrick McDanel, had married another woman the year before, even though they were still married. She also said she was served divorce papers a week before contacting the police.
Through a records search, police were able to obtain a marriage certificate dated May 29, 2012, proving that McDanel and a woman named Michele D’amour McDanel got married. They also found a marriage certificate between Elizabeth and Patrick McDanel, dated April 28, 1990.
Elizabeth McDanel, who has three children with Patrick McDanel, told police she discovered the second wife through Facebook and that although her divorce papers stated she and her husband had been separated since 2004, they had been living together for the last seven or eight years, according to police documents.
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Michele D’amour McDanel told police in a written statement that she and Patrick McDanel began dating in 2011. She said he told her that he was divorced.
According to the police documents, Patrick McDanel told police that he was married to both women. He also said he stopped living with Elizabeth McDanel in the early 2000s, but that he still paid for her bills and rent.
Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said McDanel could face up to a year in jail.
News researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report.
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