(04/10/2001)
A Rush Run man Russell Lee Collins, 45, is being held in regional jail at Flatwoods for sexually abusing a five-year-old child in his household, according to the court records of Magistrate Teresa Robinson. Collins was arrested by Trooper Doug Starcher for an incident which reportedly occurred on March 11, 2001. The charges were brought after a medical examination.

Collins is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond and is facing a maximum penalty of 15-35 years with a fine up to $10,000. The felony charge is sexual abuse first degree and sexual abuse by a custodian.

His wife Bonnie Collins, 43, has been charged with obstructing an officer and has been released on $500 bond. Both are to appear Wednesday (April 11) before Magistrate Robinson for hearings.

Mrs. Collins was arrested by Trooper Starcher and Deputy Carl Ballengee after she refused to let officers serve a warrant on her husband. Records report Trooper Starcher advised her the officers wanted to see her husband, after which she replied "That depends on what you want to see him for."

She was advised, according to court records, they had a warrant for his arrest. Mrs. Collins declined admission to the house claiming they needed a search warrant. Officers then entered the residence under her protest to process the warrant. She advised Collins "To keep his mouth shut and not say a word," according to the report. Mrs. Collins could face up to one year in jail with a $500 fine, a misdemeanor.


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