A Springfield, PA man has pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly committed bigamy by getting married to a woman in Ambler while still married to a North Carolina woman.
John A. Melchiorre Jr., 38, of the 300 block of Garden Road, waived his arraignment in Montgomery County Court and entered not guilty pleas to charges of bigamy, false swearing in an official proceeding and unsworn falsification in connection with a July 2008 incident.
By waiving his arraignment, Melchiorre did not have to appear before a judge for a formal reading of the charges lodged against him. Melchiorre, who remains free on bail, now faces a trial on the charges. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.
If convicted of all the charges at trial, Melchiorre faces a possible maximum sentence of three to six years in state prison.
An investigation of Melchiorre began last August when a North Carolina woman contacted county detectives regarding bigamy allegations. The woman told detectives she married Melchiorre in August 1994 in North Carolina and that Melchiorre moved from their marital residence in June 2008.
The North Carolina woman told authorities she had recently learned that Melchiorre married again in Montgomery County while he was still married to her.
The investigation revealed that Melchiorre and his new bride-to-be applied for a marriage license at the county courthouse on July 30, 2008, according to a criminal complaint. When asked on the license application if he had any prior marriages, Melchiorre allegedly said he did not. Melchiorre also allegedly provided false information regarding his mother’s maiden name on the marriage license application, according to the arrest affidavit.
“The defendant knowingly falsified this document in an attempt to conceal his first marriage to the victim,” county Detective James Carbo wrote in the arrest affidavit.
The investigation revealed that Melchiorre and his second bride were married during an Aug. 9, 2008, wedding ceremony at Calvary United Methodist Church on Park Avenue in Ambler, court documents indicate.
By Carl Hessler, Jr. of The Times-Herald