Jayme Wear married a charming man last year and they lived a good life at their Overland Park apartment. Until she discovered him with another woman — in another apartment at the same complex. The two women discovered they were both married to him.
On Tuesday, Charles L. Clemens, 62, pleaded guilty to bigamy in Johnson County District Court. He is scheduled for sentencing in December. Clemens and his other wife could not be reached for comment and his lawyer declined to comment.
Clemens had been married to his first wife for more than 20 years when he met and married Wear. On Tuesday, Wear, 57, went public with her story for the first time: Clemens told her he was a retired police officer who worked all over the country reconstructing accident scenes.
“He was a charming guy,” said Wear, who got an annulment in January. “I loved the guy, my parents adored him — they thought he was great.”
Through most of their relationship, “he paid the rent, he paid for the groceries, he bought me things.”
He was colorful and always wore cowboy boots, she said. “He told me he was from Texas and spoke with a Texas accent that I found out later he doesn’t have — he was really from Des Moines.”
He said he had divorced long ago but then Wear saw him in November in an apartment with another woman and the two women had a talk.
Wear said of the other wife, “she wasn’t as upset as I would have been if I’d have been her. The other wife said something like, “It’s always something with him,” Wear said. Police say there is no evidence either wife knew about the other.
“I think he had days reserved for me and days he spent with her,” Wear said.
Their apartments were in two different buildings at the complex on the 6700 block of West 140th Street, but he could see one apartment from the other, she said. Wear still wonders where Clemens got the money he spent on her, and about other things.
“There are still lots of unanswered questions that drive me crazy,” she said.
By Joe Lambe of The Kansas City Star