A school teacher who had wives on both sides of the Atlantic was facing the sack today after being jailed for bigamy.
Sneaky Christopher Doyle, 46, married his first wife Sandra Stolberg, 44, after he was posted to the United States with the RAF.
They married in November 2007 but later split after she discovered he was having an affair and Doyle returned to Britain.
He retrained as a history teacher and met Lucy Ford, 39, and the pair married in February – despite never divorcing his first wife.
Doyle, of Mousehole near Penzance in Cornwall, was arrested after police were tipped off – by his own MOTHER.
He later admitted one charge of bigamy and was initially jailed for four months.
But Doyle was freed on appeal on Tuesday after serving just six days and his sentence reduced to a suspended jail term.
But he now faces losing his job at Tretherras School, a Specialist Technology College in Newquay, Cornwall.
Richard Simeons, chairman of governors, said a decision would be made “in a short time”.
He said: ”As with any member of staff who has been convicted of a criminal offence there would be a review.
”We would consider all aspects and look at it dispassionately in order to reach the right decision for the individual, for the school and for the pupils.”
Doyle was jailed for bigamy on August 12 but served just six days before an appeal hearing at Truro Crown Court.
The appeal court heard Doyle, who served in the first Gulf War, married his first Sandra wife in St Louis, Missouri, in November 2007.
But prosecutor Ramsey Quaiffe said the marriage broke down after she discovered he was having an affair with another woman.
He said: ”Within days of that marriage Sandra Stolberg discovered this appellant’s mobile telephone and examined it.
”She realised the appellant had been in a relationship with another lady both before and during their engagement and marriage.”
He then left Sandra and moved back to Britain where he retrained as a history teacher in Cornwall and met Lucy Ford.
By January this year Doyle and Lucy were planning their wedding and his mother contacted Sandra to tell her that her son was to marry again.
The marriage went ahead and his mum – who was not invited to the wedding – eventually informed officers that her son was a bigamist.
He claimed he tried to contact his first wife about a divorce in November last year but ”did not follow it up”.
The court heard Sandra later told police that Doyle’s actions had left her with ”psychological scars that run so deep I can no longer trust men”.
Defence barrister Michael Gregson said Lucy told officers during the investigation: ”I love him and cannot believe he did this to wilfully hurt me.”
He said Doyle could not account for why he had not got his first marriage annulled or dissolved before his second wedding.
Judge Paul Darlow said he accepted that Lucy Ford was ”out of all those involved, the person who stood to be most hurt”.
Doyle was re-sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for 12 months and left the court with Lucy.
Tretherras School, which became a Specialist Technology College in 1997, is a comprehensive which educates 1,600 students aged 11 to 18.
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said it was a matter ”entirely for the governing body”.