Carolyn Fleegle

Zanesville Man Charged with Rape of Minor

by Carolyn Fleegle on March 19, 2012 at 4:20 am

A Zanesville man is in the Licking County jail accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

The Licking County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Michael Collins is being held on a rape charge.

Sheriff’s investigators say that back in February detectives checked into a report from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in reference to a 3-year-old Newark girl being sexually assaulted by a family acquaintance.

After questioning Collins last Friday, authorities say he admitted to the crime.

He was arrested and taken to jail without incident.

At a hearing Monday, bond was set at $150,000.

Collins may face additional charges.