When Darrell Leach told Kellie Sue Hubbard “I do,” he was repeating himself. Leach had already made that promise to another woman, authorities say. That’s why Leach, 46, of East Price Hill, Ohio is set to appear in court Monday to face bigamy charges.
case, though, has an extra twist because he was living with a third
woman when he was arrested and charged with being married to two woman
at the same time. Court documents note Leach is accused of marrying Kellie Leach while still being married to Samenner Israel. Neither Leach nor Cincinnati police returned phone calls. Court documents don’t indicate how police learned Leach had two wives.
Public records note Leach was 43 and a taxi driver when he married Kellie Sue Hubbard, a nurse’s aide. Brian Frederick Eastman knew nothing about Leach’s marital status when he performed the ceremony to unite Leach and Kellie Sue Hubbard in wedded bliss.
“How wonderful,” Eastman said when told he performed the illegal service. Eastman is pastor of Revelations Spiritual Church of Christ, a small, independent church in Northside, where he performs about 100 weddings annually. All he needs to preside over the ceremony is a legal wedding certificate and identifications of the prospective bride and groom.
“I’ve never performed a ceremony and then learned they were accused of bigamy. I find that very interesting,” Eastman said. “(This is) a new experience, a guy who’s got the chutzpah to try to pull the wool over somebody’s eyes.” That’s a good definition, said University of Cincinnati clinical psychiatry professor Linda Chernus.
“One (spouse) is hard enough,” joked Chernus, who has researched bigamists and believes generally they have such low self-esteem that they marry multiple spouses to compensate with a sense of “grandiosity.”
“They need to control women, to keep secrets and keep autonomy so no one knows what’s going on inside of them,” Chernus said. “There may also be some underlying insecurity.
“(Bigamists) have a sense of invincibility, that they can get away with this. They think they can get away with anything,” she said.
Bigamists aren’t restricted by gender or sexual preference.
In one case in England, a woman was arrested for going through a civil commitment ceremony with a woman while still married to her husband.
In Hamilton County, bigamy is rare, averaging less than one criminal case per year. Leach’s was the sixth Hamilton County bigamy case since 2000. Leach is expected to either tell the court he has hired an attorney or needs one appointed. If convicted, Leach faces a maximum jail sentence of 180 days.
By Kimball Perry of Cincinnati.com-The Enquirer