Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AG: Probation officer tried to trade sex for favors

Jeffrey Collins, 37.
Jeffrey Collins, 37. Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office

A Northwestern Pennsylvania probation officer has been arrested for allegedly soliciting sex acts from probationers in exchange for favorable consideration of their cases.

Investigators said 37-year-old Jeffrey Collins, of Warren County, also engaged in unwanted, sexually lewd acts during at least two separate probation meetings inside his office.

Collins approached at least three female probationers that were on his caseload and requested that they photograph or videotape themselves having sex, according to a news release from Attorney General Kathleen Kane. In exchange, Collins allegedly offered to make favorable decisions involving the women's probation cases.

Collins is also accused of, on at least two occasions, exposing his genitals and engaging in sexual activity in front of one probationer as she attended regularly-scheduled probationary meetings at his office.

"Probation officers have a duty to protect and serve our local communities and there is no excuse for this type of conduct," Kane said in a statement.

Collins is charged with six counts of harassment, three counts of official oppression, two counts each of indecent assault and forcible compulsion, and one count each of indecent exposure and open lewdness. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 30.

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