Second woman accuses Pa. probation officer

WARREN, Pa. (AP) — State police say a second woman has accused a northwestern Pennsylvania probation officer of groping and sending her lewd text messages while she was under his court-ordered supervision.

Warren County probation officer Jeffrey Collins, of Sheffield has been charged with indecent assault, harassment by lewd communication, and other crimes.

Troopers from Warren announced new charges Sunday stemming from the second woman’s allegations. Police say they learned of Collins’ latest alleged misconduct — which stretched from Dec. 18 to March 6 — while they investigated the first woman’s allegations.

That woman told police Collins threatened to revoke her probation unless she complied with his advances between Feb. 10 and March 2.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Collins who has been suspended from his job. He faces a preliminary hearing April 2.

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