Baseball coach at Vol State arrested for bigamy - WKRN News 2

Baseball coach at Vol State arrested for bigamy

Posted: Updated: Oct 9, 2013 09:52 PM
Mike Crossland is accused of marrying a woman while still married to another. Mike Crossland is accused of marrying a woman while still married to another.
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. -

The head baseball coach at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin was arrested Monday after authorities discovered he was married to two women.

Mike Crossland, 37, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of bigamy in Fayetteville, located in Lincoln County about 90 miles south of Gallatin.

Bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with someone while still legally married to another.

According to Fayetteville police, Crossland married a 31-year-old woman in Lincoln County on August 31 while he was still married to a 36-year-old woman in Sumner County.

Both women are listed as victims in police reports.

"I'm personally morally against that and I think that's wrong in that regard," neighbor John Kaelin said, adding, "These young men have to look up to him as a role model, a coach and a mentor and then now they have to face this.  I would assume he is being evaluated for his job and position. I would hope so."

Following news of Crossland's arrest, Vol State released a statement regarding the charge early Wednesday morning.

"We are aware of the situation with Michael Crossland.  The college is monitoring it and we will take appropriate action if that is necessary.  At this time Crossland remains on the job," stated Eric Melcher, Coordinator of Communication and Public Relations.

Crossland was released on $500 bond shortly after his arrest.

News 2 made several attempts to reach Crossland following his release; however, those attempts were unsuccessful.

Bigamy is a Class A misdemeanor.  Crossland could face up to 11 months and 29 days behind bars if he is found guilty.

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