Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco man with two wives pleads, gets time served

DADE CITY — Marvin Frazer married a woman named Rebecca in New York in 2000. She left him three years later.

"She said she was going on vacation for a week. It's been a very long week," Frazer, 45, said Tuesday.

He heard from her again in 2006, he said, in an e-mail suggesting he should pay for half of their divorce. He later heard from his parents that she told them the divorce was final.

Turns out, Frazer should have double checked.

In July 2007, at First Presbyterian Church in Zephyrhills, he married a woman named Ilene. (This was his third marriage. There was another in 1992 that lasted until 1998.) Then last fall, Frazer got a knock on his door from two Zephyrhills police detectives investigating an allegation of bigamy.

Rebecca — whom Frazer met in an Internet chat room — had found his MySpace page where pictures from his 2007 wedding were posted. She called the authorities.

Frazer, a preschool worker, was arrested shortly before Christmas and spent four days in jail.

In court Tuesday, he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. Bigamy, the law says, is having a living spouse and marrying another. Disorderly conduct is defined as acts that are "of a nature to corrupt the public morals, or outrage the sense of public decency, or affect the peace and quiet of persons who may witness them."

Bigamy is a felony. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor.

Frazer was sentenced to time served.

He answered Judge Pat Siracusa's questions politely and said little else.

"You're down to one wife," the judge told him, noting the divorce had gone through. "That's good."

It was a contrast to his last court appearance, when Frazer mouthed off a little about how long the case was taking. But prosecutors only agreed to the plea deal on the condition that Frazer obtain and finalize a divorce from Rebecca.

A judge signed it last week.

"Unfortunately, she got her way," Frazer said. He paid for the whole thing: $583.

His current wife, he said, has stuck by him through the ordeal.

Later this summer they plan to renew their vows.

Pasco man with two wives pleads, gets time served 05/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 8:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates hitting a two-run home run as Derek Norris #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the eighth inning of the game on May 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010973
  2. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
  3. Fans in Florida and beyond won't forget Gregg Allman

    Music & Concerts

    The end can come quickly for those who live fast and live hard, who create worlds with their talent and sometimes come close to throwing them away.

    This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)
  4. Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, a former senator, dies at 85

    Ml

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jim Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitcher who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

    In this June 21, 1964 file photo, Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches a perfect game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York.  The Phillies beat the Mets, 6-0.  Bunning retired all 27 batters who faced him in the first game of a doubleheader to become the first pitcher in 42 years with a perfect game in regular season play.   (AP Photo/File)
  5. Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement

    Environment

    TAORMINA, Italy —President Donald Trump declined to endorse the Paris climate accords on Saturday, saying he would decide in the coming days whether the United States would pull out of the 195-nation agreement.

    President Donald Trump, right, arrives to a G7 session with outreach countries in Taormina, Italy, on Saturday. Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina, Sicily. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)