Tallahassee pastor caught with man’s wife, flees naked
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A police report says a prominent pastor was forced to run out of a house naked after a woman’s husband came home to find him having sex with his wife.
The husband found her in bed with Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 17, police documents show, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. The woman told police that her husband yelled that he was going to kill Simmons, who fled the apartment naked and hid behind a nearby fence.
The husband took the pastor’s clothes, wallet and car keys and later agreed to return the items following negotiations with police.
Video posted online shows Simmons asking for forgiveness from his congregation at Tallahassee’s Jacob Chapel, saying “you cannot defend sin.”
Simmons appeared to portray the congregation and himself as the victims, the video shows.
“I’m hurting because I’ve hurt you,” Simmons said on Sunday, Jan. 22. “I can’t speak to people on the outside. I am not Tallahassee’s pastor. I am not Florida’s pastor. I am Jacob Chapel’s pastor. It hurts me that you have to defend my actions. You cannot defend sin,” he continued to loud applause from the congregation.
The scandal broke the same week Simmons and the congregation were celebrating the 11th anniversary of him becoming pastor, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
The wife told police her husband never threatened her, and she declined to press charges. Simmons also declined to press charges. State Attorney Jack Campbell decided against prosecution.