Stephen Collins, Dad From ‘7th Heaven,’ Is An Alleged Child Molester

Do you have fond, wholesome memories of watching 7th Heaven? They’re gone now. TMZ reports:

Stephen Collins — who played the pastor/dad on “7th Heaven” — confessed to his estranged wife he was a child molester, and it’s all on tape … a tape obtained by TMZ. And the New York Police Dept. is now conducting an active criminal investigation involving sexual contact with multiple children.

Apparently his wife Faye Grant secretly recorded him during a therapy session after he confessed to her while in the middle of their divorce. As for how that’s legal, she was gathering evidence he was making children touch his dick which is entirely reasonable grounds to record someone because he was making children touch his dick:

Here’s what Collins didn’t know at the time. Grant taped the therapy session. We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.
We have protected the names of the victims Collins mentions on tape. As you listen … 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.

The good news is the NYPD is actively investigating the case and the statute of limitations shouldn’t be a factor. The bad news is I probably shouldn’t put a gallery of Jessica Biel’s butt in a bikini at the bottom of this post as is my wont because that’d be wildly inappropriate albeit contextually relative. I do have a soul. Partially.

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