Officer Michael Collins accused of peeping at tanning salon

6:19 PM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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Edwardsville, IL (KSDK) - An officer with the Edwardsville Police Department has been suspended after being accused of videotaping female customers at a local tanning salon.

The Madison County State's Attorney's Office charged 46-year-old Michael Collins on Monday with three counts of unauthorized video recording.

According to prosecutors, Glen Carbon police were called to Image Sun Tanning Center around 4:30 p.m. on April 3 after a female customer accused Officer Collins of taking pictures over the wall while she prepared to tan.

Collins' cell phone was confiscated by Glen Carbon police and turned the phone over to Illinois State Police, who are working with the FBI to retrieve all relevant pictures from the phone.

The staff at the tanning salon is working with authorities to identify any other victims. As of Monday morning, three victims have been identified. Additional charges may be forthcoming if other victims are located.

Collins was released on his own recognizance after posting $10,000 bail. Prior to suspension, Collins was recently assigned as a D.A.R.E. officer in the Edwardsville School District.

Edwardsville City Administrator Ben Dickmann released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Officer Collins was hired in March 1997 and had an unblemished performance record on his file.

Dickmann's statement confirmed Officer Collins to be on paid suspension during the duration of the investigation.


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