Pa. probation officer charged with groping client

WARREN, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania probation officer has been suspended without pay after state police charged him with groping and sending lewd text messages to a woman he was supervising.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 37-year-old Warren County probation officer Jeffrey Collins, of Sheffield. The Associated Press could not locate a listed telephone number for Collins.

The (Warren) Times-Observer reports Collins has been charged with indecent assault, harassment by lewd communication and other crimes by state troopers in Warren.

Police say the woman reported the incidents happened between Feb. 10 and March 2.

The woman told police that Collins threatened to revoke her probation, which would put her in jail, unless she didn’t comply with his advances.

Collins wasn’t arrested. He’s been summoned to court April 2 to answer the charges.

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