HOF Writer Bill Conlin Accused of Sexual Molestation

HOF Writer Bill Conlin Accused of Sexual Molestation

HOF Writer Bill Conlin Accused of Sexual Molestation

Hall of Fame sportswriter Bill Conlin has retired from his position with the Philadelphia Daily News following allegations of child molestation, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

An investigative story detailing the allegations against Conlin was published Tuesday afternoon by The Inquirer. In it, three women and a man say Conlin molested them when they were children.

Conlin has hired attorney George Bochetto to defend him against the allegations.

“Mr. Conlin is obviously floored by these accusations, which supposedly happened 40 years ago. He has engaged me to do everything possible to bring the true facts forward and to vindicate his name,” Bochetto said in a statement.

A spokeswoman from the Philadelphia Daily News told NBC10 that Colin retired and did not resign.

The Inquirer story includes allegations from four adults who say Conlin fondled them and touched their genitals in a series of incidents in the 1970s. The four ranged in age from 7 to 12 at the time of the alleged assaults.

Kelley Blanchet, Conlin's niece, told the newspaper Conlin put his hand between her legs and touched her genitals, and penetrated her with his fingers when she was about 7.

"This is a tragedy," said Blanchet, who is now a prosecutor in Atlantic City, N.J. "People have kept his secret. It's not just the victims, it's the victims' families. There were so many people who knew about this and did nothing."

Gloucester County, Penn., prosecutors took videotaped statements from the four last year, the Inquirer says. But no charges can be filed because the statute of limitations has passed on all the alleged incidents.

"We would love to see justice in this case," Detective Stacie Lick of the Prosecutor's Office wrote in an e-mail to one of the women last month. "So many people have been victimized by this man, but our hands are tied by the law, which does not let us prosecute."

Conlin, 77, won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award last May and was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

According to his bio on the Philadelphia Daily News, Conlin joined the publication in 1965 and took over as the Philadelphia Phillies’ beat writer in 1966. In 1987, he became a columnist—a position he held until his reported resignation. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011

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