On 7th Heaven, Stephen Collins played a wholesome reverend and father-to-7. Today, fans are seeing “Eric Camden” in a different light as audio footage has surfaced in which the actor allegedly confesses to child molestation.
TMZ has obtained a copy of the tape, which was secretly recorded by his estranged wife, Faye Grant, as part of a therapy session. The two are entangled in a messy divorce, and TMZ claims she was advised by her lawyer that it was legal to secretly record a conversation in the state of California to gather evidence the other person has committed a felony.
In the tape, he allegedly confesses to exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl — thought to be a relative of his first wife — with a “partial erection” and says he did it “a couple of times” when she was 12 and 13.
“There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis,” he allegedly says.
The 67-year-old goes on to name a neighbor he had exposed himself to, and then he lists yet another girl.
According to the report, the NYPD is in possession of the tape and are currently investigating the situation. A police official tells TMZ there is a current, active investigation and there are at least 3 victims. The nature of the investigation is “inappropriate sexual contact with minors.”
Stephen’s rep had no comment.
Listen to the tape — WARNING: The audio contains sensitive material.