7th Heaven Dad: Yes, I Molested Girls
Stephen Collins admits to inappropriate sexual contact with minors
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Updated Dec 17, 2014 10:54 AM CST
This July 1, 2008, file photo shows actor Stephen Collins posing for a picture outside of the Shubert Theatre in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – The accusations are true: 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins has confessed in a statement to People that he did, in fact, have inappropriate sexual contact with three minors. The 67-year-old says the incidents, which he "deeply regret[s]," took place between 1973 and 1994 and that he has "not had an impulse to act out in any such way" since then. He notes that the rumors about his misbehavior "go far beyond what actually occurred" and he wants "people to know the truth." He's also giving an interview based on this statement, which will stream on Yahoo, as well as air on ABC's 20/20 on Friday.