It saddens me to write this article. As if enough childhoods weren’t ruined (mine included) with the revelation that Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and Tooth Fairy aren’t real, this is the worst by far. Stephen Collins, aka Rev. Camden from the hit TV series 7th Heaven, was caught on tape, confessing to his estranged wife Faye Grant that years ago, he molested several underage girls!
The New York Police Dept. is now conducting an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple children. Reportedly, Collins and Grant are in the middle of a nasty divorce. According to TMZ, in 2012, Grant recorded Collins’ confessions during multiple therapy sessions they attended together. Her lawyer advised her, that secretly recording the sessions is legal in California, and would give her the upper hand in court by providing evidence that Collins committed a felony.
“On the tape you will hear Collins refer to a disclosure and a list. This refers to a confession Collins had already made to his wife … which triggered the therapy session. You hear Collins flatly confess to molesting an 11-year-old New York girl — a relative of his first wife — saying, there was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis. He also acknowledges exposing himself to the girl a couple of times … he says when she was 11, 12 and 13. Grant asks, “When you exposed yourself … did you have an erection?” He responds, “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.” Grant then inquires about other girls. Collins mentions an L.A. girl who lived in their neighborhood, but says he tried righting the wrong by apologizing to her years later. And then they talk about yet another girl. It’s incredible … Collins has trouble keeping the girls straight, but then he gets clear and confirms the incident. We’re told this girl was also from New York and was between 12 and 13 at the time.” – TMZ
The NYPD is in possession of the tape. Last Wednesday two NYPD detectives from the Special Victims Unit flew to L.A. to interview Grant. They questioned her about the tape and other potential witnesses. According to TMZ, ” [the authorities believe] there are at least 3 victims and the nature of the investigation is inappropriate sexual contact with minors. One alleged victim in the investigation is the relative of Collins’ first wife, who we’re told first reported the molestation in 2012. Although decades have passed since the molestation, they believe the case can still be prosecuted because the statute of limitations runs from the date of reporting.”
This is highly disturbing. Not only because of the disgusting act, but Collins has been in contact with numerous children, from the 7th Heaven years up until now. Recently, he guest starred on the ABC show, The Fosters. It’s ironic that he played a minister, possibly the most wholesome role anyone can have as an actor, and commit such a horrible crime. Then again, most child predators like to mask themselves as the most innocent person to make it easier to hide who they really are and lure children. I can only imagine what his fellow 7th Heaven co-stars must feel, considering it was only a few months ago the entire cast happily reunited for a day. I hope justice is served for all of those young girls, whose lives are forever scarred, and had their childhoods taken from them in an instance, due to such a horrific act.
Collins’ reps have not commented at this time.