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Friday, March 21, 2014

AG's Office Takes Over Case of Probation Officer
Accused of Sexually Abusing Three Women

The state attorney general’s office has taken over the case of the Warren County probation officer accused of making sexual advances toward at least three women he was supervising.

37-year-old Jeffrey Collins of Sheffield is accused of exposing his genitals and engaging in sexual activity in front of one of the women while she was in his office. He also allegedly asked them to take photos or videos of themselves having sex in exchange for favorable consideration involving their probation.

Collins is charged with six counts of harassment, three counts of official oppression, two counts of indecent assault without consent, two counts of indecent assault with forcible compulsion, one count of indecent exposure and one count of open lewdness. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 30, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Attorney general Kathleen Kane says, "Probation officers have a duty to protect and serve our local communities and there is no excuse for this type of conduct."

Collins is suspended without pay.

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