Article By Rebekah Scanlan ~
A seemingly ordinary snap has caused a social media storm that saw a police chief accused of multiple extramarital affairs and placed on leave.
A married police chief has been placed on leave after accusations of multiple affairs began flooding his work Facebook page, forcing it to be shut down.
Jason Collier became the centre of a social media storm after US woman Cecily Steinmetz changed her profile picture – and was then flooded with comments claiming Chief Collier had a wife.
Things quickly snowballed and a later post by Ms Steinmetz claimed sharing the photo of her “boyfriend” had led to her uncovering the Texas police chief’s “triple life”.
As a result, social media users bombarded the Stinnett Police Department Facebook page where the 41-year-old worked, sparking an investigation by authorities that has seen the chief placed on “administrative leave”, local media outlet KSAT reports.
Chief Collier has yet to address the allegations.
Ms Steinmetz changed her profile picture on January 19 to a photo that appears to show her smiling alongside Chief Collier.
The post has been shared more than 85,000 times and is littered with comments and videos claiming to expose the police chief.
“WTF is going on? This guy is married to my friend, they have a two-year-old and another on the way,” one accusation read.
A video of Chief Collier commemorating his anniversary with his wife that has since been deleted was also shared, the NY Post reports.
On January 27, Ms Steinmetz shared a message on the City of Stinnett Facebook page that she claimed exposed Chief Collier as an adulterer.
“Chief Jason Collier is living a double/triple life. I was his girlfriend until yesterday,” she alleged.
“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.”
She went on to detail how Chief Collier allegedly was able to maintain multiple relationships with fake stories of work trips and holidays.
Alongside her post were photos of the pair together as well as a copy of annulment papers she claims he gave her.
Another woman, Kristi Shaffer, wrote under the post that she had also been dating Chief Collier and that they had been engaged since December, The Sun reported.
Chief Collier has yet to address the allegations. However, on Wednesday the city of Stinnett issued a statement on its Facebook page stating: “Chief Jason Collier has been placed on administrative leave while the city investigates possible violations of city employment policy.”
A video shared by Ms Steinmetz that appears to be of Chief Collier in his police car shows him apologising.
“Sorry, I just feel like the biggest piece of sh*t, so sorry,” the man says.
“I didn’t mean to hide anything or lie to you.”