Oct 17, 2014

    LA sheriff probes 7th Heaven star over 1983 case


    THE Los Angeles County Sheriff is investigating actor Stephen Collins on an allegation of indecent exposure or molesting a teenage girl three decades ago, the department said on Wednesday.

    The alleged incident happened in the summer of 1983 in West Hollywood, California, when the victim was 13 years old, the sheriff's department said, a week after the Los Angeles Police Department said it was reviewing a past case against the 7th Heaven star.

    Collins, 67, is best known for playing a well-meaning pastor and father of seven in the family-friendly TV series, which aired between 1996 and 2007.

    The 1983 accusation was first reported to the Los Angeles police on Oct 9 before being turned over to the sheriff's department, which has jurisdiction over West Hollywood.

    It was unclear if California's statute of limitations would permit criminal or civil charges to be filed in the case.

    Celebrity news outlet TMZ released an audio tape last week that it said revealed Collins admitting during a therapy session that he had exposed himself and molested underage girls.

    The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said it was working with the New York Police Department on the investigation.

    Collins has not been charged in any investigation. His attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

    Last week, the Los Angeles police said they were reviewing a 2012 case against Collins.

    He was dropped from the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy Ted 2 after the allegations were first publicised last week.