Greensburg woman faces prostitution and extortion charges after she threatens to falsely accuse man of sexual assault

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By Terri Hill | October 9, 2018

Greensburg police accused a woman of stealing $100 from a man and then threatening to accuse him of sexually assaulting her unless he paid her another $75 the following day.

Brailynn Ann Collins, 21, of Greensburg, was arrested on Tuesday and is facing charges of postitution, extortion and unlawful use of a communication facility.

A criminal complaint alleged Collins agreed to meet a man on Sunday and have sex with him for $100, half when he picked her up and the balance when they finished. However, after the man picked her up, she suddenly claimed she was ill and asked the man to stop at a Sheetz gas station where she then hid in the bathroom.

After hiding in the bathroom for a short time Collins texted the man: “You just got ripped off. You need to leave.” She also demanded the man pay her the other half of the $100, which he did by sliding the money under the bathroom door, the complaint said.

The next day, police alleged, Collins in a series of text messages demanded another $75 from the man or she would go to the police and claim he sexually assaulted her.

After her arrest Collins admitted to stealing the money and sending the threatening text messages, police said.

Collins remains in the Westmoreland County Prison after being unable to post a $40,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Terri Hill can be contacted at terri.hill@grantstreetnews.com

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