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Actor Stephen Collins, perhaps best known for his role as Reverend Eric Camden on The WB's religious family drama 7th Heaven, is being investigated by police after he allegedly confessed to molesting young girls on multiple occasions. In an audiotape obtained by TMZ, the 67-year-old actor is heard recalling past incidents with a therapist and his ex, actress Faye Grant, with whom he's in the midst of divorcing.
Collins answered questions from both parties and shared specifics regarding the girls in question, such as their names and ages, all while being recorded without his knowledge. In California, it is legal to secretly record conversations in an effort to gather evidence if the person is believed to have committed a violent felony—molesting a child under the age of 14 counts as such.
Throughout the audio, Collins referred to a "disclosure" and a "list," presumably referring to a confession that he privately made to his wife before the therapy session. The actor admitted that he molested an 11-year-old girl from New York, who was a relative of his first wife, telling the two, "There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis." He also shares that he had exposed himself to the same girl "a couple of times" for two years following the initial molestation.