“A former teaching pastor and theological seminary professor faces two felony peeping charges.
Jeremy Grinnell, 40, is charged with two counts of surveilling an unclothed person.
He is accused of climbing up a ladder to look through a bedroom window and watch a woman having sex, Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess confirmed.
He allegedly went to the 37-year-old woman’s Cannon Township home in early November, found a ladder, and used it to look through a second-floor bedroom window where the woman and her partner — both of whom were naked — were having sex. Investigators say he admitted to watching them for at least 20 seconds.
The woman’s partner saw Grinnell, but he took off.
He came back the next night, at which point the woman’s partner confronted him. Police were called and Grinnell allegedly told them he was at the residence to pray for the woman, Hess confirmed.
He was arrested Nov. 8, records show. He waived a probable cause hearing Tuesday and was bound over to circuit court.
“I don’t have anything I can say to you right now,” Grinnell told 24 Hour News 8 when asked for comment Tuesday. “I do appreciate you asking.”
Grinnell was a teaching professor at Bella Vista Church in Rockford before resigning earlier this month, after his arrest.
Grinnell now works for the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, which is part of Cornerstone University. On his faculty web page, Grinnell wrote that he is a visiting assistant professor of theology and that he graduated from the seminary and Calvin College with a Ph.D.
Cornerstone officials told 24 Hour News 8 the charges against Grinnell have nothing to do with the college or its students. They say they are “stunned and saddened by the news.”
Grinnell has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”