- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) - A police officer with an Ohio housing authority has been accused of having sexual contact with a teenage boy he mentored through his department’s Explorers program.

Twenty-six-year-old Christopher Collins was jailed Friday after his indictment on charges including sexual battery, endangering children and providing alcohol to minors. The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Metropolitan Housing Authority officer is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Cleveland.

Court records don’t indicate if Collins has an attorney who could comment for him.

Housing Authority police Chief Andres Gonzalez tells Cleveland.com Collins “exhibited symptoms of a predator.” The indictment says Collins twice had sexual contact with a teenager.

Gonzales says an investigation was launched after Collins sent inappropriate texts to a teenager. He says Collins is accused of drinking with teens in their hotel rooms during a sanctioned out-of-town trip.

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