Chief: 4 state prosecutors assigned to Abilene human trafficking case

Howard Taylor Collier, 70, was arrested during December 2017 on a sexual assault of a child charge.?

Four prosecutors with the Texas Attorney General’s Office have been assigned to the case of a 70-year-old Abilene man accused of human trafficking.

Police believe Howard Collier paid teenagers for sexual favors.

On Friday, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said the AG’s office prosecutors specialize in human trafficking.

Standridge said his department currently has two detectives working exclusively on the case and continues to investigate “many, many offenses.”

Assistance from the AG’s office was requested, Standridge said.

No more victims have come forward since it was recently reported there were five.

Collier remains free on bond.

Collier was originally arrested Dec. 7 for sex assault of a child and was released the next day on $60,000 bond.

Collier was arrested Dec. 19 on the upgraded charges. He was released the same day on a $250,000 bond.

After that arrest, Standridge said Collier first paid juvenile victims to perform yard work. He did not know how it went from there to sex.

During one incident, Collier allegedly paid $1,000 to watch a 16-year-old girl have sex with her 18-year-old friend and also performed a sexual act on the underage teen.

Police are continuing to ask any victim or anyone who knows anything about this case to come forward.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.

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