Dad from 7th Heaven admits to molesting multiple underaged girls
Who knew that the man who played Reverend Eric Camden from 7th Heaven was a child molester?
TMZ reports that they've obtained a tape in which 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins, now 67, admits to previously molesting minors.
While in a couple's therapy session with his actress wife Faye Grant in 2012, the actor was secretly recorded by his wife, answering questions about the multiple sexual assaults.
Collins had previously admitted to the assaults to Grant, 57. The couple are in the middle of a divorce.
The recorded audio was deemed legal after Grant was advised by her lawyer that it is legal to record a conversation if it was for the purpose of collecting evidence to "a violent felony" which includes "molesting a child under the age of 14".
The entertainment site has protected the names of the victims Collins mentions on tape.
A picture of the cast of 7th Heaven with Stephen Collins, who plays Reverend Eric Camden and the father in the family, seated in the middle. PHOTO: Worldvision Ent
In the recording, he admitted to molesting an 11-year-old girl from New York, a relative of his first wife, Marjorie Weinman.
He said: "There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis."
He also confesses to exposing himself to the same New York girl "a couple of times when she was 11, 12 and 13 (years old)."
In the earlier part of the three-and-the-half minute audio file, Grant is heard asking Collins if he had an erection when he exposed himself to a girl to which Collins responded: "No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think."
A NYPD official told TMZ that an active investigation is ongoing. The official said that there are "at least 3 victims" and the nature of the investigation is "inappropriate sexual contact with minors".
Grant and Collins have a 25-year-old daughter, Kate.