Former Officer Charged

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Pete Collins of Madison, who is now an inspirational speaker known for doling out safety tips to audiences around Mississippi and the world, posted a $10,000 bond Friday after arriving at the Tupelo-Lee County Adult Detention Center to turn himself in. No trial date has been set.

A grand jury issued an indictment in February, alleging Collins fondled a 13-year-old girl in Tupelo in January. Collins, a former director of public affairs for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, was never arrested on the charge. He couldn't be reached for comment.

A longtime state trooper, Collins was promoted to captain in 1997 when the Mississippi Legislature mandated his promotion. He retired a year later.

In 1988, Collins was named Statewide Trooper of the Year and President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Citation for an Outstanding Enforcement Officer in 1994.