MILLCREEK — Police say a patient was using his physical therapist’s laptop and iPad to contact young girls and offer to “give them a place to stay in return for sex.”
Leslie Collins, 48, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Thursday for investigation of 18 counts of enticing a minor, assault and making a threat of violence.
On Thursday, police were called to Millcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing, 3520 S. Highland Drive, on a report that a physical therapy patient had used an activities director’s laptop to create a Facebook account and was also using a separate iPad owned by the clinic to access his page, according to a police affidavit.
The director and a social worker observed messages on the Facebook page that Collins had allegedly sent to girls who appeared to be 13 years old that were sexual in nature, the affidavit states. In some of the messages, police say Collins told the girls “that he would pay for their travel to him, get them a job, and give them a place to stay in return for sex.”
It was estimated that Collins messaged between 30 and 40 girls, the affidavit states.
When confronted about the messages, Collins became angry and threw a laptop at a nurse and threatened to kill nurses and harm other employees, according to police.
“(Collins) stated he was angry the staff was attempting to get him in trouble for talking to ‘minors,’” the affidavit states.
On the iPad screen that was open, a Unified police officer noticed “a Facebook Messenger screen which had numerous girls who appeared to be between the ages of 13-16 years of age. All girls appeared to have been messaged by (Collins) with intent to entice the minors into providing sexual acts,” according to the affidavit.
After he was arrested, Collins “stated he would kill the officers on scene and would sue us for claiming he had messaged minors,” the affidavit states.