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A married former Texas police chief has been charged with faking a court document, allegedly in order to abet his serial cheating.
Jason Collier, 41, resigned as the chief of the Stinnett Police Department on Thursday, one day after being placed on administrative leave, the City of Stinnett stated on Facebook. Collier was also arrested the same day and charged with tampering with a government document with the intent to defraud, which is a felony.
The saga stemmed from an explosive Tuesday Facebook post from an Amarillo woman named Cecily Steinmetz, who accused Collier of “living a double/triple life.”
“I was his girlfriend until yesterday,” she wrote. “He lied to me and presented me with fake annulment documents when I found out he was married. I also found out about a [second] girlfriend, Kristi, last night. He has lied to us, our children, and asked us both to marry him.”
Her post has since gone viral, and it led to a criminal investigation by the Texas Rangers. Investigators discovered that Collier had allegedly sent Steinmetz a fake marriage annulment document in order to get her to believe him about his marital status.
“Collier allegedly sent a text message to the victim with a fraudulent government record attached,” Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley told local outlet KAMR. "The document was a fraudulent marriage annulment."
Collier is reportedly still married.
Judge Doug Woodburn, who presides over the 108th District Court, the court that purportedly issued the document, told the outlet it's "a fake.”
Collier was released from the Hutchinson County Jail after posting bail, a jail spokesperson confirmed to Oxygen.com. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
The Stinnett Police Department stated in a press release that they won’t be commenting on the former chief's “personal matters.”
Steinmetz told KMAR that she she had initially believed Collier because of his position as police chief.
“I mean, I would think that that would be a very upstanding person, and a very honest person,” she said. “And that is how he presented himself. And I would just hope that this doesn’t happen to any other women in the future. Just the lies and promising things that are never going to happen.”
She said she hopes Collier “learned his lesson, not to deceive people like that.”
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