Man convicted, sentenced for adultery

Published 11:31 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Pike County man has been convicted of adultery and was sentence for his crime on Monday.

James Tolbert was given a suspended sentence of 10 days in the county jail and six months of unsupervised probation, according to information from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman who identified herself as Tolbert’s wife contacted the sheriff’s office in December 2011 in reference to her husband marrying a second woman.

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According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, the caller said she and Tolbert married on Jan. 18, 1972 in Lumberton, N.C. and then moved to Alaska. The woman said, even though she and Tolbert divorced on March 8, 1987, they continued to live together as man and wife and had a family together. She claimed she and Tolbert remarried on Jan. 30, 2008.

The next month Tolbert left Alaska for a family reunion in Pike County. He never returned to Alaska and the caller found out Tolbert married another woman in Pike County on June 25, 2008.

Tolbert told police he did not remarry his first wife in 2008, however, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office consulted Alaska records and found they corroborated Tolbert’s first wife’s story.

Tolbert was arrested for his crime on Sept. 14, 2012.