According to popular gossip site TMZ, Stephen Collins who played the role of Reverend Eric Camden on the family drama 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2007, has confessed to child molestation.

Stephen admitted to this during a therapy session with his estranges wife, actress Faye Grant in 2012. In the recording, Stephen shared that he had come into contact with several female children one of which was related to Marjorie Weinman, his first wife. He admitted to molesting this particular child “a couple of times” when she was at the age of 11, 12 and 13 years old.

“There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis,” Collins could be heard saying on the tape. When asked if it aroused him, he replied: “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.” The unidentified girl reported the incident in 2012.

Other girls involved included his L.A. neighbor, whom he admitted he tried to apologize to years later. A third female was from New York and was between 12 and 13 at the time. NYPD is currently investigating the matter.
Collins is best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on the family drama 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2007. He ended his 27-year marriage to Grant back in May 2012.

The actor most recently surfaced last month when he reunited with his 7th Heaven family for the first time in eight years. He grabbed dinner with his former costars Jessica Biel, Beverley Mitchell, Barry Watson, David Gallagher, and Catherine Hicks at Mantee Café in L.A.’s Studio City neighborhood.