Michael Middleton

YORK COUNTY — Another woman is claiming that she had a relationship with Michael Middleton, a man charged with bigamy and nationally known as the “Cupid of Chaos.”

Michael Middleton, 43, whose last known address was Old Orchard Beach, was indicted in January on a bigamy charge by a New Hampshire grand jury.

A warrant was issued for Middleton’s arrest when he didn’t make a Feb. 7 court appointment in Dover, New Hampshire. He was arrested the next day in Columbus, Ohio after police were tipped off and he was taken into custody without incident.

Middleton, dubbed the “Cupid of Chaos” by the Franklin County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office, was transferred from jail in Ohio to New Hampshire to make a bail hearing at Strafford Superior Court in Dover, New Hampshire, on March 8 where bail was set at $1,000.

Middleton was transferred to York County Jail in Alfred on March 20, and appeared in court two days later by video conference from jail. Initially he was unable to make bail, which was set at $50,000. However, according to corrections staff at the Alfred jail he was released April 8 for time served. No other information about Middleton’s whereabouts was available on Tuesday afternoon.

Middleton also faces multiple charges in Maine, including domestic violence assault stemming from an alleged Nov. 7, 2014, incident in South Berwick, violation of protective order and violation of conditions of release, according to York County Superior Court documents.

Police investigators say Middleton was married to Katherine Lashley of Georgia and Kassandra Shipley of Alabama when he married Alicia Grant of Dover, New Hampshire, in 2013. The Associated Press reported that Middleton eventually scammed Grant out of $20,000.

A Columbus, Ohio, NBC affiliate reported in February that a Middleton had a fourth wife, Ashley Climer, whom he married in Kentucky in 2016 a month after meeting her online on Facebook.

A Missouri woman has also surfaced and said she was romantically involved with Middleton.

Allison Stewart said in an email that though she was not married to Middleton, the two met online and were in a relationship for nearly a year and lived together in the town of Boonville, Missouri, until he left her in 2015. Stewart said Middleton said he claimed to be, a Christian, like her, and at first was very loving and caring.

“He made me feel like he actually cared about me and my son,” she said.

She said Middleton became emotionally and mentally abusive, and she found out later that he was 10 years older than what he claimed on his online dating profile. Middleton tried to convince her to get her son’s biological father’s rights taken away from him so that Middleton could be her son’s dad, she said.

She believes Middleton stole jewelry from her and claims that he added multiple phone lines and a tablet to her At&T account without her permission and then sold them, Stewart said.

She said she reported the alleged phone incident to the phone company and the police, but since he sold them at an outside store that sold AT&T phones, the police and the phone company were unable to pursue her claim.

She didn’t report the stolen jewelry because she overlooked the missing jewelry until after Middleton had moved out, and she didn’t have any evidence, Stewart said.

Boonville, Missouri, police did not have any reports of stolen items, but did have a report of a wellness check made on Dec. 18, 2014, to an apartment shared by a woman named Allison Stewart and a man named Michael Middleton.

On that day, police responded to a call from Stewart, who told officers that Middleton was on a new medication and she was concerned how it was affecting him, as he was acting strange and being argumentative.

Police went to the apartment and found Middleton sleeping. Middleton agreed to leave the apartment for the night and stay at a hotel to “ease the tension,” according to the report from the Boonville police department.

Middleton is scheduled to appear at York County Superior Court again at 8:30 a.m. on July 10.

He is also scheduled to appear at Hillsborough Superior Court North in Manchester, New Hampshire, at 1:30 p.m. on April 22 and Stafford Superior Court in Dover, New Hampshire, at 11 a.m. on April 29.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be reached at 780-9015 or by email at [email protected]

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