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. [TMZ]
WORDS FAIL to express the horror of hearing Stephen Collins‘ confession, which was secretly taped in a California therapist’s office by his wife, Faye Grant, who appears at her wits’ end during the conversation. That’s only one part of this extraordinary tragedy, which includes those who knew about the assaults sat on the knowledge that Collins sexually assaulted at least 3 minors for several years.
During the tape, Collins says, “Well, this was in the disclosure and I told you before there was one instance…” This must have been one rancid divorce if the filing party, who was Stephen Collins, is admitting in “the disclosure” of being a sexual predator.
There are allegations that this is not the first incident.
Also back in 2012, a 54-year-old woman told the NYPD that Collins had touched her inappropriately about 40 years earlier — when she was a young teen and he would have been in his 20s, a law enforcement source told The Post.
At one point in the taped conversation when Grant inquires how Collins talked to one of the girls he molested, the therapist says cooly
“What is it that you are looking for?”
Considering that the events happened years ago and it’s obvious Faye Grant knew of the sexual molestation and said nothing for a couple of years, you’d think an ethical therapist would be a bit more alarmed about what’s unfolding before him.
He also acknowledges exposing himself to the girl “a couple of times” … he says when she was 11, 12 and 13.
Grant asks, “When you exposed yourself … did you have an erection?” He responds, “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.”
Grant then inquires about other girls. Collins mentions an L.A. girl who lived in their neighborhood, but says he tried righting the wrong by apologizing to her years later.
[…] An NYPD official tells TMZ … there is a current, active investigation. The official says there are “at least 3 victims” and the nature of the investigation is “inappropriate sexual contact with minors.”
Stephen Collins is best known for his role as Rev. Eric Camden on 7th Heaven, which ran from 1996 to 2007.
Just to make it clear, if you are in a situation where you know someone has molested an underage minor, no matter how much you love them, it is your responsibility as an adult to report your suspicions to the police.
Sexual predators are rarely “cured,” but treatments like cognitive therapy reportedly can make a difference, though it’s not a discipline that’s got a lot of case history behind it to prove its efficacy.
The acts themselves are, however, criminal and should be treated that way.
One huge issue with sexual assaults and molestations is that, like rape, and as this instance with Stephen Collins illustrates, many of the attacks go unreported.
I’d simply ask, if the 67 year-old Collins admits to 3 molestations in a therapy session, you have to wonder how many others have been victims of this man.
[…] Recidivism research is as difficult as it is important. For instance, although average rates tell us what percentage reoffends one or more times, we also need to be aware that a subset reoffends at a frighteningly high rate. In addition, there are reasons to think that published findings underestimate the true rates. Most research necessarily omits those offenders who were not detected and arrested or whose victims did not report the crime. Further, many sex offenders plea-bargain down to a nonsexual offense.
Still, there are other reasons to believe that recidivism rates may not be that different from what researchers have found. Frequent offenders are more likely than other offenders to be caught. Many safeguards probably help to keep the recidivism rate in check. Sex offenders released on probation are closely monitored, and those who are considered to be at high risk for recidivism are required to register with authorities. These registries are distributed to law-enforcement personnel. Finally, states are legally required to publicly identify higher-risk sex offenders. The Department of Justice coordinates a Web site (www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/registry.htm) that enables anyone to search for the identity and location of known offenders.