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'7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins admits sexual contact with underage girls

Actor Stephen Collins poses in front of City Hall at the kick off of
Actor Stephen Collins poses in front of City Hall at the kick off of "Live Earth" by turning the lights of City Hall green at the Department of Water & Power on July 2, 2007 in Los Angeles.
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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.

Collins wrote

"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."