Wilkes-Barre City Police Headquarters, where officer Robert Collins was arrested for sexual assault.
4 Women Accuse Wilkes-Barre Police Officer of On-Duty Sexual Assaults
An officer with the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting four women while on duty. He has also been accused of threatening them not to report the assaults.
12-year veteran Officer Robert Collins was arrested by troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police at the Wilkes-Barre City Police Headquarters after his shift on Tuesday, January 22. This arrest followed a lengthy investigation by the State Police.
According to the authorities, Collins sexually assaulted four women between August 2013 and December 2014, while he was on duty, in uniform, and driving a police car. Court documents show that in three of the incidents, Collins searched the victims after pulling them over in traffic or stopping them on the street. In these cases, he found small amounts of drugs on each victim and forced them to perform sex acts on him, threatening to arrest them if they refused.
In the fourth incident, police say that Collins offered a woman a ride home after seeing her walking down the street. He pressured her to get into his police car and then locked the doors and sexually assaulted her when she did.
Collins has been suspended with pay while the department conducts an internal investigation. He is currently in jail on $125,000 bail and scheduled to return to court in February.
Anyone with related information or who is also a victim has been encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Wyoming Barracks at 570-697-2000.