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Nearly 20 Facebook accounts involved in investigation on Abilene man accused of paying teens for sex

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Police are investigating nearly 20 Facebook accounts they believe are connected to an Abilene man accused of luring teens on his property to do chores in order to groom them before paying thousands of dollars for sexual favors.

Search warrants were executed on 19 total accounts, including the personal account for suspect Howard Collier, as well as accounts connected to 11 possible victims, to get information stored from January 2011 through January 2018. 

Detectives believe this information could identify additional victims, as well as provide specific information on how Collier 'groomed' the victims. 

Documents state Collier sexually assaulted teens who were between the ages of 13 through 19-years-old.  The possible victim accounts were associated with both males and females.

Court documents released to KTAB and KRBC show an additional search warrant was executed at Collier's home on Jolly Rogers Road in December, allowing police to seize 29 electronics, including laptops, computers, video recorders, cameras, and storage devices, as evidence. 

Prior to the search warrant execution, detectives interviewed three teen victims, all of whom described engaging in sexual activity with each other or Collier for cash payments ranging in amount from $800 to $5,000, according to the documents. 

One victim was able to implicate Collier for child pornography. The documents state he described seeing a sexually explicit video of an underage female on Collier's computer and told detectives Collier also used pictures of him for sexual gratification. 

The documents also state multiple victims told detectives their relationship with Collier began when they would do gardening or other chores on his property. They said he would pick them up and drive them to his home, paying large amounts of cash for their labor.

Police believe "Collier does this as a means to groom his victims", the documents reveal.

Four State prosecutors are currently working on Collier's case as Abilene police continue to investigate "many, many, offenses," as Chief Stan Standridge said in a prior press conference. 

Collier was released from jail after posting a $250,000 bond. 


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