“7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins can’t be prosecuted in New York despite confessing to child molestation because the statute of limitations has run out.
A senior law enforcement official told CNN one victim, a relative of Collins’ first wife, told police she was molested by Collins inside his Greenwich Village apartment when she was 14 years old. She reported the sexual abuse in 2012, long after the statute of limitations ran out.
Meanwhile, Stephen’s ex-wife, actress Faye Grant, has alleged in court papers that Collins recently sought therapy for sex addiction and a personality disorder. The court documents are part of the couple’s ugly divorce. Grant and Collins married in 1985 and filed for divorce in 2012.
“I know that he has used a 12-step model for sex addiction, and that he was also seeing a ‘sexual dysfunction’ therapist,” Grant revealed in court papers. “However, he has refused to seek proper help or hospitalization for his predilection towards children.”
Faye also claimed Collins, 67, has a dangerous personality disorder. “Stephen’s therapist subsequently disclosed to me that Stephen has narcissistic personality disorder with sociopathic tendencies,” Grant alleged.
Collins, who starred on the hit TV series “7th Heaven” from 1996 to 2007, is currently being investigated for child abuse after confessing to molesting at least three girls (ages 11, 12 and 13) in audiotapes secretly compiled by his ex-wife.
In one tape, Collins detailed molesting a girl: “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis,” he confessed. His ex-wife Faye asks, “When you exposed yourself, did you have an erection?” He replied, “Partial maybe, I think.”
Ironically, Stephen has always had a clean-cut image and was admired and respected by colleagues for being an all-around great guy.
Collins’ wife said she believes there are other victims besides the three he confessed to. “I believe that Stephen used his celebrity status to engender the trust of the families of the children he molested,” Grant said in court documents. “I further believe that there have been other victims, but he has thus far only confessed to those three girls.”
In 7th Heaven, Collins played a minister who was raising seven children with his stay-at-home wife. The show, which co-starred Jessica Biel and Ashlee Simpson, has since been pulled from multiple networks amid the child abuse scandal.