Farmington man charged with bigamy
Posted at: 10/08/2012 4:42 PM
| Updated at: 10/08/2012 11:52 PM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com
Police say Kevin Camp was in jail and was already legally married last spring. But that's when he said “I do” to another woman. Canandaigua Police have charged the 36-year-old Farmington resident with bigamy.
But Camp is also headed to trial on charges he assaulted a young girl and sent her and another girl sexually explicit cell phone photos.
Ontario County Prosecutor Jim Ritts tells News10NBC these cases will be handled separately. However the assault and sexting charges could mean a harsher penalty in the new case, if Camp is found guilty.
“It's an uncommon crime and we don't see them that often.” says Ritts.
The law is clear: you can only have one spouse at a time. Bigamy is illegal in New York State and Ritts says he's only prosecuted two bigamy cases in his career and now it's come up again.
“It's a felony, but it's a class E felony,” says Ritts. “It's a low level felony but it's still felonious behavior.”
Ritts says, “While he was still married to the one woman--and while he was incarcerated--he married another woman without getting a divorce.”
This now adds to Camp's troubles. The 36-year-old is awaiting trail on charges he sent sexually explicit cell phone photos of himself to two girls ages twelve and thirteen. He's also charged with predatory sexual assault against one of the girls. Ritts says that although they are different charge, Camp's history could have a bearing on the outcome.
“I've seen people get straight probation or conditional discharges,” says Ritts. “For someone in his situation it will be a more severe consequence.”
Camp is due back in court on these charges a week from Tuesday, and his trial in the other case begins in November. As for his new marriage, News10NBC is told that is now null and void.