Former "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins has confessed to inappropriate sexual contact with three underage females in a written statement to PEOPLE.
He wrote that he has "not had an impulse to act out in any such way" in the last 20 years.
"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since. I've decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist's or my knowledge or consent.'"
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it was investigating allegations that Collins exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl in the early 1980s, reported the Associated Press in October. This came two days after New York authorities acknowledged they had an open molestation inquiry involving the actor.
The 67-year-old actor has not been charged in Los Angeles or New York.
Two cable television networks have previously said they would not broadcast scheduled re-runs of Collins' series "7th Heaven."