Texas police chief arrested for allegedly showing fake marriage annulment to lover

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The chief of police in a small town in the Texas panhandle was arrested Thursday after he allegedly showed a fake marriage annulment to a woman he was having an affair with.

Jason Collier, 41, was arrested by the Texas Rangers and taken to Hutchinson County Jail, according to Sgt. Cindy Barkley of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Collier was charged with falsifying a government record with intent to defraud, a felony committed in state prison. His bail was set at $10,000.

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He resigned as police chief in Stinnett, 60 miles northeast of Amarillo, on Thursday. Stinnett City Manager Durk Downs said in a statement that the town had accepted his resignation and had no comment on Collier’s “personal business”.

The investigation into Collier’s actions began on Tuesday, when an Amarillo woman named Cecily Steinmetz writes on facebook that Collier had had an extramarital affair with her and another woman.

Chef Jason Collier leads a double/triple life. I was his girlfriend until yesterday. He lied to me and introduced me…

Posted by Cecily Steinmetz on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Steinmetz returned from vacation in New Mexico with Collier on Sunday and learned Monday that he was already married. She alleged that Collier, a father of four and an ordained minister, asked his two girlfriends to marry her.

“He lied to us, our children, and asked both of us to marry him,” Steinmetz wrote. “He’s a poor representative of your city.”

She attached a photo of a wedding annulment Collier had sent her. The document was fraudulent, officials said.

The Hutchinson County District Attorney’s Office has asked the Texas Rangers to open a criminal investigation into Collier. He was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday before resigning the next day.

Collier, a Texas Medal of Valor recipient with 21 years of law enforcement experience, was hired as Stinnett’s police chief in February 2020.

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