The minister accused of urinating on a female passenger during a flight last month has stepped down from his position at a North Carolina church.
Daniel Chalmers resigned from his role at Catch The Fire in Raleigh, North Carolina, last week. The church’s lead pastors, Murray and Ash Smith stated that Chalmers “expressed grief and horror” about the incident, which happened on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on Oct. 12.
In a statement on social media, Catch The Fire announced Chalmers’ resignation without taking his name.
“We were saddened to hear of the news yesterday involving one of our non-pastor employees in a disorderly conduct incident earlier this month,” the church posted on Facebook last week. “We take these matters very seriously. This behavior is not a reflection of Catch The Fire, our leadership, and its members.”
The minister, who had been suspended while an investigation was carried out by the church leaders, resigned, according to the church’s apologetic statement.
The minister, who had been suspended while the church leaders investigate, resigned, according to the church’s apologetic statement.
Chalmers is also the pastor at Love Wins Ministry, but that organization “has no official connection” with Catch The Fire, according to the newspaper.
Love Wins Ministry seems to have locked its website and taken down its Facebook page.
Chalmers was identified last week in a police report obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal that reported Chalmers had been arrested at the Detroit Metro Airport after the flight landed on Oct. 13.
According to the report, a passenger named Alicia Beverly told police she woke up on the plane around 2:45 a.m. to find a man urinating on her.
After the flight landed, Chalmers denied the allegations but was carried off the plane and taken into custody.
An FBI agent who interviewed Chalmers cited him for simple assault and he was released.