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July 4, 2013

Sex offender facing 5-year sentence


His attorney, Thomas Barrett, told a judge yesterday that Collins “panicked” as a result of “several mental health issues,” which the lawyer did not detail in court.

Barrett said his client would return to court on a much lower bail than requested by the prosecution, suggesting $1,000.

Judge Matthew Machera set the bail in between the two requests, at $5,000. However, Collins won’t be able to post bail until after the probation hearing.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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