Cop accused of taking nude photos at tanning salon asks for more time to answer suit

By Christina Stueve | Jun 27, 2012


A suspended Edwardsville police officer accused of using his cell phone to take a nude video of a woman at the Image Sun Tanning Salon in Glen Carbon says he needs additional time to prepare an appropriate response to a lawsuit filed against him.

Michael Collins, who was criminally charged on April 5 with three counts of unauthorized video recording by the Madison County Sheriff's Department, also faces a civil lawsuit brought by alleged victim Kimberli Moore.

Collins filed a motion June 21 for extension of time to respond to the lawsuit against him.

Moore sued on May 16 in Madison County Circuit Court over an incident she claims took place on April 3 at the Edwardsville Crossing tanning salon.

Collins, 46, was suspended with pay on April 5.

"...Michael R. Collins knew that a high probability existed that this conduct would cause severe emotional distress and said conduct did, in fact, cause severe emotional distress to plaintiff," the complaint states.

Collins was served the complaint on May 25. He has requested up to July 25 to respond.

Moore is represented by William L. Wimmer of Wimmer, Stiehl and McCarthy in Belleville.

She also is suing the tanning salon owner, JWKW Enterprises, claiming it failed to construct its booths with walls that extended high enough to prevent the conduct at issue in the complaint.

Collins is being represented by Gordon Broom and Benjamin Power of HeplerBroom in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla is assigned to the case

Madison County case number 12-L-686

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