"I was sickened by it. I wanted everyone to know," Cecily confessed of the moment she found out her fiancé was not the man she thought he was. Hang on while we rehash her journey to uncovering the truth and the chaos that followed...
A Secret Triple-Life
Cecily Steinmetz had thought she had finally found the love of her life - she was sure of it. That was, until a shocking text message turned her world upside down, leaving her questioning everything she thought she once knew.
"I thought I should be able to believe him," she explained of the charming man who stumbled into her life. Unfortunately, she couldn't have been more wrong. From her former fiancé's secret triple-life to the multiple girlfriends it called for, here's Cecily's whirlwind of a story...
To understand the explosive event that eventually came to hijack national headlines, let's start at the very beginning. Up until 2020, Cecily Steinmetz had practically given up on love. After the 39-year-old's painful divorce, she couldn't deny the deep void she'd suddenly felt.
Would she ever find love again? The Amarillo, Texas native didn't know what to think anymore. Little did Cecily know, her future attempts to fill that same void would soon leave her heart completely shattered - like nothing she'd ever experienced before.
She Wanted to Find Love
As the story goes, by 2020, the single mother decided to take a leap of faith. Cecily was finally ready to put herself out there again, and she'd spend her nights exploring the online dating world. It's worked for other singles, what could possibly go wrong? If only she knew...
But as she scrolled through her latest notifications one fateful night, Cecily was suddenly more hopeful than ever before: She'd matched with someone! Was her soulmate truly one swipe away? She raced to her inbox as she tried to find out for herself...
She Matched With Jason Online
"Looking for friendship and then more from there! Not looking for a hookup," read the bio of her latest match. Everything about 41-year-old Jason looked good - almost too good. And Cecily was suddenly intrigued by the middle-aged man staring back at her on her screen.
But Cecily's match was actually an open book. Or at least that's what his profile assured, revealing his sole interest in "build trust... sincere conversation." Only nothing about Jason Collier's story was sincere, as Cecily would eventually find out.
He Said He Was Divorced
But Cecily didn't know any better, and she couldn't wait to talk to the mystery man who'd just charmed his way into her life. Only as she struck up a conversation with Jason online, she couldn't deny the similarities between herself and this stranger. It was almost unbelievable.
"He made a really big deal to tell me that he had been divorced since 2016," she explained. Sure enough, after spending the following four years "working on himself, personal insight type of work" - as he put it - Collier was finally ready to say goodbye to the single life.
They Had an Instant Connection
It all happened so fast. After swiping right, the two went from strangers to... strangely familiar with one another. They spent almost every waking second together - virtually, at least. "We were talking on the phone, texting, and everything," Cecily explained.
The truth was that she couldn't deny the feelings she was suddenly being met with. "There was an immediate connection, it was just comfortable talking to him," Cecily revealed. "He's charming and disarming at the same time." But his charm went far beyond his sweet-talking ways...
He Was a Police Officer
When he wasn't busy swiping right online, Jason Collier's reality looked very different. He worked in law enforcement, the chief of the Stinnett Police Department. "That put me at ease that he was a police officer... I thought they definitely were held to a higher standard," Steinmetz explained.
As she put it, his job was dedicated to fighting for justice - for keeping morals in check. Surely when he wasn't busy clocking 9-5, Jason Collier acted exactly the same. Right? "I thought I should be able to believe him - at the time, I had no reason not to." Perhaps that's why it's no surprise what soon came next...
They Became Official
"Things were going fast in our relationship," Cecily admitted of the events that soon followed. After mere days and dates together, she and her new love interest practically couldn't get enough of one another. And they knew exactly what they wanted to do next.
On January 18, 2021, after a romantic dinner at a local Amarillo restaurant, the two were all smiles as they took the next step in their relationship. "We were going to be exclusive to each other. I was so excited," Cecily explained. Little did she know what that would call for...
Cecily Gushed About Him Online
What came next was nothing but pure bliss. And they couldn't wait to share their newfound love with the rest of the world. "We had a picture taken of us and I told him I was going to post it on Facebook," Steinmetz revealed. "That made him really happy."
Unfortunately, all of that was about to change. "After I posted the picture of us on Facebook, things kind of hit the fan," Cecily confessed. It should've been an exciting milestone in their sudden relationship. Only as Cecily made things Facebook-official, all she was left with was a brutal reality check.
Her Friend Recognized His Face from Somewhere
What happened? "The next morning, a friend of mine texted me asking for his name," Steinmetz explained. Her friend had recognized his face from somewhere, she simply couldn't place him yet. Why did he look so familiar? Only as she continued to study his face, it suddenly hit her friend.
Before she knew it, Cecily's phone was suddenly blowing up. What was going on? Who really was her new boyfriend, and why was her friend so curious? "She sent me a post where Jason wished his wife a happy anniversary in September 2020," Steinmetz revealed. No, not the ex-wife he'd told her about. This was a completely new woman.
He Told Cecily His Marriage Had Been Annulled
"I was crushed... I posted a picture of being in a relationship with a married man," Cecily explained. She couldn't believe her eyes. Was her "perfect match" not so perfect after all? She needed answers, fast. "I immediately texted him, forwarding him all of these screenshots."
How did he explain himself? The answer was simple: "That was his ''other'' ex [Opal], and the marriage was annulled," Jason assured his skeptic girlfriend. But there were still so many unanswered questions. If he and Opal ended in 2016, like he said, why was the post of them from 2020?
He Had an Answer for Everything
Something didn't sit right. And as time continued to pass, Cecily suddenly couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong, terribly wrong. But the truth was that Jason's alleged annulment wasn't the only deed that left his girlfriend feeling uneasy.
Jason had an answer for everything. And on the rare occasion he didn't? Cecily was met with the perfect excuse to end the conversation: "An undercover operation," "he was called back into the office," "he was making excuse after excuse for not wanting me to come up to his house," Cecily recalled. Was he hiding something?
Their Romantic Getaway
But by the time January 22 came rolling around, none of that mattered anymore. As Cecily opened her front door to greet her boyfriend, she was met with the ultimate grand gesture: There Jason was, a box of donuts in tow, coming to whisk her away for a surprise romantic getaway.
How could she possibly say no? In fact, maybe her gut instinct was wrong, after all. Sure enough, Cecily Steinmetz dropped her kids off at school and hopped in the car, eager for their 5-hour drive to Taos, New Mexico. Little did she know, she was about to head down a very slippery slope.
Jason Asked Her to Marry Him
But we're not there just yet. And as Cecily and Jason touched down in Taos, the 39-year-old was smitten, and then some. "I fell in love with him that weekend," Steinmetz reflected. After a romantic dinner and consummating their love, all of her concerns officially vanished. "He was everything I had hoped for," she explained.
And Jason felt the exact same. Or at least that's how it seemed, as he took a deep breath and popped the question. "During the entire weekend, Jason was talking about marriage," Cecily revealed. "He never officially asked to marry me… he wanted to wait until he got me the ring I wanted… he was going to get me one and propose."
Trouble in Paradise
After endless heartbreak, Cecily had finally found love. Things were finally looking up, and she couldn't wait for a future by Jason's side. Unfortunately, as they say, all good things must come to an end. And in her case? The newly fiancée was about to learn that the hard way.
As she arrived back in Amarillo, things suddenly took a sharp turn. "I still had a gut feeling about him, that something wasn't right. I just didn't know what," Cecily confessed. Just 30 minutes after Jason dropped her back home, her suspicions led to a heated argument over the phone. And there was no coming back from this one.
She Broke up with Him
"Hours earlier, he told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and now he wants to put the brakes on our relationship," Cecily explained after her probing for answers erupted into a brutal fight. Jason was defensive - "told me that I was belittling him, and he wasn't going to put up with it."
Only Cecily felt the exact same. "I unloaded on him with all of the questions and red flags I had," she revealed. Her gut instinct was suddenly telling her to run. And that's exactly what she did. "I told him that he's nothing but a liar and not to contact me ever again." And just like that, their relationship was over.
"I was done with him and chalked it up to a bad memory," Cecily explained of the events that followed. She was finished with Jason Collier, ready to put the entire chapter in the past. Only their story was just getting started. As the newly single mother attempted to move on with her life, fate had other plans.
"[My friend] told me that she had found a post on the Stinnett Police Department Facebook page from a Kristi Shaffer about two weeks ago," Cecily revealed of the moment her failed relationship took a wild turn. Who was Kristi Shaffer? And why was her post so important?
Kristi Was Also Engaged to Jason
As Cecily read the words plastered on her screen, she couldn't believe her eyes. Unfortunately, though, the Facebook post propped before her was all too real. And just like that, everything she once feared about her former lover was slowly lining up to be true.
"The post said something like this is the most fair and equitable man I've ever met," Steinmetz revealed of Kristi's shocking tribute to her ex-fiancé. But perhaps the most surprising part? The mystery woman's profile picture: Herself and Jason Collier looking as in love as ever.
Cecily Exposed Jason on Facebook
Sure enough, after reaching out to Kristi, the two women came to a disturbing realization: "We both realized we've been played by the same man," Cecily admitted. She was devastated. But perhaps even more than that? She was angry. She'd been betrayed by the one person she loved the most. And she wanted justice.
"I was sickened by it. I wanted everyone to know this man is a cheater," Steinmetz explained before making her boldest move yet: "I posted about him on the Stinnett Police Department Facebook page." As she saw it, Jason Collier had lied his way to several woman's hearts - and the entire world was about to know about it.
The Truth about the Annulment
But as word continued to spread on our Facebook feeds of one Texas man's alleged deceit, there was one detail that caught law enforcement's eyes: The annulment. Jason Collier had sworn his marriage was no longer - he even had the paperwork to back it up. But did he really?
Forget the heartbreak and tears - if the Stinnett police chief had truly forged the government documents, he would be looking at more serious allegations. He would have broken the law. Perhaps that's why Cecily's bombshell set off a local investigation, as officials set off to discover the truth.
He Forged the Documents
On January 28, 2021, the online world was sent into a frenzy as news broke of the latest update in the controversial saga: Cecily's intuition was right. Jason Collier had forged the marriage annulment, after all. As Judge Doug Woodburn revealed, the document was simply "a fake."
Sure enough, it wasn't long before the police officer was forced to step down from his position as chief. But that was the least of his troubles. He was also brought on charges - for tampering with a government record. And he was placed on $10,000 bail.
A Fourth Mistress Came Forward
Cecily was numb. Sure, her intuition might have predicted everything up until this point. But that didn't mean she wanted it to be true. Unfortunately, her nightmare was far from over. And as she tried to digest the latest discovery, she was about to be met with another.
"So, I'm one of his girls, apparently," Katie Berry Carter revealed, after stumbling across Cecily's viral post: There was another woman - a fourth mistress. Only Jason's latest partner had brought him outside of state lines. "He came to see me in Abilene the weekend of [January] 15th. Said he was on assignment… in Oregon."
The Story Went Viral
There's no doubt about it: Cecily's journey to finding love panned out nothing like she'd ever imagined. But the truth? She wasn't the only one left speechless by the turn of events. After sharing her story online, it wasn't just the world of Facebook tuning in to the ongoing scandal.
Her story had gone viral, and then some. And with good reason. Just about everybody had an opinion on the matter. After all, how could they not? Jason Collier's unbelievable tale of deception was like nothing we'd ever seen before. But he still had many, many secrets, as we'd soon find out...
He Admitted to Dating 7 Women
As Cecily's exposé continued to hijack our feeds, spectators couldn't help but wonder: What does her ex have to say for himself? Sure enough, on March 24, 2021, we finally got some answers. Only as Jason Collier sat down to share his side of the story with Dr. Phil, we were left with even more questions.
In a shocking twist, Jason's lies had gone even farther than anyone could have ever dreamed: He had been dating 7 women, all along. As he finally confessed, he'd been seeing Cecily, Kristi, Katie - and three other women, Heather, Brenna, and Christie. Of course, then there was his wife, Opal. And you can bet the news hit her hard.
Jason Claimed His Marriage Was Already Falling Apart
How could her husband betray her like this? Just like that, everything Opal had built with Jason had suddenly gone crumbling. But the truth? Perhaps the signs were there all along. In fact, as Jason confessed, their marriage had gone downhill years ago.
For starters, his wife had become the breadwinner in the family. "She was holding that over my head," Jason alleged of Opal's successful career, which left him feeling less than, as he admitted. Sure enough, whatever the case may have been, on February 1, 2021, Opal Collier officially filed for divorce.
Where He Stands with His Girlfriends
Well, what now? With his marriage officially no longer, has Jason Collier gotten down on one knee for one of his girlfriends - as he once promised he would? Believe it or not, the 41-year-old single father is no longer with any of his former partners. But he wouldn't want it any other way.
In fact, when asked by Dr. Phil if he'd like to continue seeing any of his love interests, his answer was simple: "No." As Collier put it, "I lied to them," and there was no going back from the damage that he had done. But that doesn't mean he's ready to close that chapter of his life just yet.
His Words for His Former Partners
"If they would accept it, I would like to apologize to them," an emotional Jason Collier revealed to Dr. Phil. "I'm sorry for lying to them, misleading them." Unfortunately, Jason Collier's time on online dating apps has gone on to hurt more than just the women he swiped right.
In welcoming him into their homes, several of his partners had also welcomed him into their families - along with their children, who soon grew fond of the charismatic man coming around their house. "For a few of them, I did meet their kids," he admitted. "I'm sorry to the kids as well that you know I became part of their life."
The Truth about Opal's Phone Call to Cecily
From her viral post to the public investigation it soon called for, Cecily's rocky romance has taken us on one whirlwind of a ride. But if there's one thing that still remains a mystery? Was that really Opal on the phone with Cecily? If so, how did Jason manage to get his wife to lie to his former mistress?
As Jason eventually confessed, Mrs. Collier was indeed the woman on the other end of the line. As for how he managed to get her on the phone? Deception. "I convinced Opal to contact her… that it was part of an undercover thing… that I needed [Cecily's] information," he admitted.
He's Already Back on Dating Apps
Where does Jason Collier go from here? In the blink of an eye, the scandalous figure went from small-town father to household name. "I went from having everything to having nothing," as he put it. Has he continued his road to redemption as he juggles with his new reality?
Fast forward to today, and the single-father is already back on the hunt for his next love. "I work on my family ranch, have 2 kids, and currently separated," reads Jason Collier's newly updated bio. "I gotta have you know some sort of attention," he confessed of jumping back into the online dating world.
When Cecily Steinmetz swiped right that fateful day, she had no idea her journey to finding love would erupt into an explosive scandal. Sure enough, her shocking story has swept across the nation. But in doing so, it's left our minds running wild, with one question standing out from the rest.
Why? "Why would you do this to so many women?" as Cecily pleaded. "Why did you tell so many women that you are a Godly man and you want a relationship? ... You pushed the idea of marriage on so many women when clearly you had no intentions of it." Perhaps we'll never know...