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Charges against ex-deputy dismissed

RALEIGH -- The case against a former sheriff's deputy accused of stalking and harassing a former girlfriend was dismissed in Wake County.

A Franklin County case borne from that investigation has been disposed of, as long as Dwayne Collins completes mental health therapy.

The charges result from the response to a break-in call in the fall of 2015 that turned out to be a ruse.

On Nov. 9, 2015, according to Wake Forest authorities, Collins and a 25-year-old woman reported to police that someone broke into her home, stealing Collins' firearm and the woman's cellphone.

After the break-in, the woman told authorities she began receiving vulgar text messages from someone claiming to have been responsible for the break-in, said they knew where she lived and made threats of both a physical and sexual nature, according to court files.

Following an investigation, Wake Forest police concluded that Collins was responsible for an apparent staged break-in, as well as the text messages -- as many as 141 in a day.

On Jan. 20, 2016, a Wake County judge issued a protective order against Collins after it was argued that Collins was guilty of terrorizing the woman, while at the same time, posing as her protector.

Days later, Raleigh police served the Wake Forest warrant against Collins, charging him with cyberstalking, harassing phone call, communicating threats and filing a false report to police.

Collins was slated to appear in Wake County District Court on March 15.

Court staff said the charges against Collins were dismissed, the result of Collins completing a domestic deferral program.

During the Wake Forest investigation, authorities found items from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office inside Collins' home near Youngsville.

Wake Forest police and Franklin County sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant, finding about 30 sheriff's badges, jail keys, vehicle unlocking devices and sheriff's patches.

Collins was charged with felony larceny by an employee in Franklin County.

It was not clear, Franklin County authorities said, when Collins would have taken the items, nor for what purpose he had the items.

Collins worked for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for about 20 years before leaving in the fall of 2014.

He was also working part time with the Youngsville Police Department, but resigned following the arrest.

Collins had also separated from the Youngsville Fire Department.

In May 2016, Collins pled guilty to the lesser charge of misdemeanor larceny.

He received a prayer for judgement and Collins was ordered to continue with treatment with Triangle Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services or a mental health facility.

Collins' next court date is May 2 to make certain he has complied with the order for treatment.


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