Wilkes-Barre police officer arrested, facing sexual assault charges

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A Wilkes-Barre police officer has been arrested and is facing sexual assault charges.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that Officer Robert Collins, 53, was arrested and charged with three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, four counts of witness intimidation, false imprisonment, and other related charges.

Collins was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting four women while he was in uniform on duty and driving a marked or unmarked police car. In each of these cases, Collins threatened the women not to report the crimes.

“This case is reprehensible – the perpetrator is a public official, someone who the community entrusted to protect them,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “My Office will prosecute sexual assault offenders to the fullest extent of the law, no matter who they are. As Attorney General, I will not allow any person in power to abuse their position – without fear or favor.”

All four assaults allegedly happened in Wilkes-Barre between August 2013 and December 2014.

Collins was taken to the PSP Wyoming Barracks for processing.

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