Accused W-B Cop Released On Bail
WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre police officer arrested Tuesday on charges alleging he sexually assaulted four women while on duty has been released on bail.
Robert Collins, 53, of Wright Twp., was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on Tuesday night after a magistrate set his bail at $125,000. Online records showed that as of Wednesday morning, Collins had posted bail and been released.
He did not immediately return a cellphone message seeking comment.
Prosecutors allege Collins targeted women he encountered on duty and then demanded sex in exchange for avoiding arrest. According to the charges, four women ranging in age from 25 to 36 came forward and told the investigators that Collins sexually assaulted them between August 2013 and December 2014.
In three of the cases, police say Collins took women caught with drugs or drug paraphernalia and directed them to perform oral sex on him in exchange for not being arrested.
The fourth case involved a woman allegedly caught shoplifting from a drug store. Collins pressured the woman into accepting a ride home and then groped her and masturbated in the police car with her present, according to police.
At his arraignment Tuesday night, Collins vowed to fight the charges.
“I plan on answering these charges, fighting these charges vigorously,” he said in court, adding that he had passed a lie-detector test.
Collins is suspended with pay pending an internal investigation by the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.
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