Woman who reportedly had affair with Secretary of State John Merrill arrested on domestic violence charges

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A woman who claimed to have had an extramarital affair with Secretary of State John Merrill has been arrested on domestic violence charges, records show.

According to booking information on the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office website, Cesaire Jane McPherson was booked Thursday at 11:58 a.m. on two domestic violence charges, one for reckless endangerment and one for harassment.

Court documents show that at least one charge was related to an incident involving McPherson’s daughter.

One complaint that led to McPherson’s arrest alleged that she “recklessly engaged in conduct by chasing her daughter around their home with scissors, which created a substantial risk of serious physical injury” to the victim.

After initially denying the allegations of an affair with McPherson, Merrill admitted to the Associated Press that he had made “poor choices that impacted his family.”

CBS 42 has reached out to Merrill for comment on this incident but has not yet heard back.

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