One of WE TV’s ‘Love After Lockup’ stars has been locked up — again — and charged with felony child neglect.
Michael Simmons, who’s storyline centered around a love triangle with Sarah and Megan in ‘Love After Lockup’ Season 2, was arrested this weekend in Florida.
Court records indicate that Michael was arrested in Daytona Beach on Thursday evening and charged with felony child neglect. However, jail records state that Michael was booked in jail at midnight on Friday, November 13. Both sources indicate that the alleged offense took place on Thursday.
Michael posted a $2,500 bail and was released early Friday morning.
Because of the timing of the arrest and courts being closed on weekends, we’ve been unable to get any details on the allegations against Michael. Also unclear is what child(ren) he is being accused of neglecting.
There’s no indication that Sarah is currently in Florida. I simply cannot imagine Sarah allowing their daughter Aviahna to stay with Michael in Florida without her being there as well.
Michael was staying near Miami in Hialeah when he was with his girlfriend Maria. (For those unfamiliar with Florida geography, Miami is roughly four hours south of Daytona.) According to records from his recent arrest, he provided a Hialeah address to police.
Here is the definition of “neglect of a child” from the Florida statute:
1.?A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child; or
2.?A caregiver’s failure to make a reasonable effort to protect a child from abuse, neglect, or exploitation by another person.
The charge is a third-degree felony. A third degree felony conviction in Florida carries a prison sentence of up to five years, in addition to a fine of up to $5,000.
Well, so much for his reality TV career. Back to prison he goes!