James Anthony Collins

James Anthony 'Tony' Collins, 36, formerly of Bluefield, is charged with second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust to a child.

BLUEFIELD — A former Mercer County youth league basketball coach has been indicted on multiple child sexual abuse charges related to an alleged assault on a 14-year-old girl.

James Anthony “Tony” Collins, 36, formerly of Bluefield, is charged with second-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust to a child.

The alleged abuse occurred in April, when the victim rode with Collins to give her and other juveniles visiting a youth at his residence a ride home, according to a criminal complaint by Detective-Sgt. K.L. Adams, with the Bluefield Police Department.

After dropping off the other teens, the victim said Collins pulled into a parking lot and forced her to have sex with him, according to the complaint filed by Adams.

The victim also told investigators she was assaulted by Collins on two prior occasions, according to Adams’ complaint.

Collins initially denied having intercourse with the juvenile upon questioning by Adams.

However, after being confronted with knowledge of surveillance video of the parking lot where the alleged abuse took place, the defendant’s story changed, according to Adams.

“Collins then again changed his story and admitted that he had indeed had sexual intercourse with (the victim) while in the parking lot,” Adams stated in the criminal complaint.

The victim told investigators that Collins also had sex with her in December of 2018, and attempted to have sex with her in January but could not “because there were other people around.”

Collins is currently out on bond.

Adams said Collins previously coached a girls youth league basketball team in Princeton.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Bluefield Police Department at 304-327-6101.

— Contact Samantha Perry at sperry@bdtonline.com

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