Embattled actor Stephen Collins now faces scrutiny from a third law enforcement agency as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an allegation that the fictional TV pastor exposed himself to a young girl in the 1980s.
The 67-year-old known for his long-running role as Rev. Eric Camden on “7th Heaven” is already being investigated by the NYPD and LAPD for similar allegations dating back decades, first publicly revealed last week when a taped confession to child sex abuse crimes surfaced on TMZ.
The sheriff’s department is looking into a 1983 incident where Collins exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl, a neighbor at the time when the actor lived on Havenhurst Drive in West Hollywood, the department said in a release.
The alleged victim reported the crime Oct. 9.
“Special Victims Bureau detectives are working with New York Police Department on this case,” the department said.
Collins admitted to the abuse, one of three incidents of predatory behavior with young girls allegedly captured on the tape made during a 2012 therapy session, and “made amends” with the victim years later, according to TMZ.
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The accusations come as Collins is embroiled in a bitter divorce with 57-year-old estranged wife Faye Grant, who has contacted police in Los Angeles and New York about the allegations.
Grant contends one victim was a preteen babysitter who Collins allegedly abused in the mid-90s in Manhattan.
The NYPD sat down with the alleged victim in a 1972 Manhattan incident involving a14-year-old girl, but the statute of limitations have since run out in the case.
In New York, a person has five years from their 18th birthday to make an accusation of sexual abuse to authorities.
Grant maintained that she first learned about her husband’s history of abuse during the January 2012 therapy session, long after his alleged victims turned 18.
The couple was married for 27 years, during which time Grant says in divorce filings her husband lived a “secret life.”
“Obviously, I am sickened by Stephen’s actions. I have spent the past 20 months coping with the trauma of learning about Stephen’s illness and worrying about my moral and legal responsibility,” she in court documents. “I believe that Stephen used his celebrity status to endanger the trust of the families of the children he molested.”
An attorney for Collins claims Grant, who separated from her husband in 2012, leaked the tapes in an extortion plot, an allegation denied by Grant’s camp.
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