Judge to Rule if Former Wilkes-Barre Police Officer will Stand Trial


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  Prosecutors call it an abuse of power and a violation of the public trust and they want now former Wilkes-Barre Police Officer Robert Collins to go to prison. Collins is accused of sexually assaulting four women while he was on duty in exchange for not arresting them. Collins was in court Thursday to face a number of charges.  The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick is following the story.

 Former Wilkes-Barre Police Officer, 53-year-old Robert Collins walks into Luzerne County court Thursday to face charges that he sexually assaulted four women in 2013 and 2014.  All four testified about the alleged sexual assaults they endured at the hands of Collins. One woman who was arrested for shoplifting-by another officer -says she was walking home when Collins pulled up with his cruiser and offered her a ride home and wanted to talk to her about her arrest. She says she reluctantly accepted that ride.  She told the court.

 “He rubbed my leg. He put his hands under my shorts and touched me. I said I’m not that kind of person…I started crying “

Another woman described an alleged incident in which Collins pulled over a car in which she was riding in with two men. She says she was carrying heroin. Collins pulled her out of the car and padded her down. He put her into his police cruiser and allegedly told her to perform oral sex on him, Which she did.  According to the victim, he told her she had to…to get out of trouble or go to jail.

But Collins’ attorney, Evan Hughes, questioned the testimony saying it was not credible.

 “It’s a fairly complex case spanning lots of time. I submit with very shaky allegations so it’s going to be a task for his honor to go through the testimony and apply the law to the facts” Said Attorney Hughes.

District Judge says he will make a ruling Friday morning on whether Wilkes-Barre Police Officer Robert Collins should stand trial.

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