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Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 7:56 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Long-time Philadelphia sportswriter Bill Conlin has been accused of molesting four children between the ages of 7 and 12. The alleged assaults came back in the 1970s and came to light to the Gloucester Country Prosecutor's office last year. The prosecutors took videotaped statements from the four alleged victims, but nothing could be done because the statute of limitations had expired on anything that happened before 1996.

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

Conlin retired from the Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday morning. The full investigative report of his alleged actions was published to the Internet by Nancy Phillips of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday afternoon.

"I can't even begin to express the shock, sadness, and outrage I feel by what Bill Conlin is alleged to have done," said Daily News editor Larry Platt, who immediately accepted Conlin's offer to retire (Philly.com).

Conlin began writing at the Daily News back in 1965. He long served as the Phillies' beat writer before becoming a general columnist. He also appeared on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" for 13 years. In 2011, he won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The award is the highest honor that can be given to a writer by the Baseball Writer's Association of America.

There are many more specific details to this case, so make sure to read the entire Inquirer report if interested.
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Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

HALL OF FAME?    "We would love to see justice in this case," Detective Stacie Lick of the Prosecutor's Office wrote in an email 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."


These are certainly not my words. Then he abruptly retires? What do his ALLEGED VICTIMS feel watching him receive awards....the HIGHEST awards. Will the moron that put STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS on child molestation...PLEASE step forward....   As for you BILL CONLIN...You are the Big Fat Ass Loser everyone said you were.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

WHY IS BAYHEIM STILL COACHING

im still not sold on the syracuse accusations, i realize that usually someone who is accused of this sort of crime is guilty until proven innocent, but when a situation has been investigated twice, no one was found to back-up this guys story, then all of a sudden the penn st situation hits the news, then his step brother comes forward to claim he was also molested, the details just dont add up in this case, i realize that beiheim made some stupid comments in support of his longtime friend, but until someone can prove these allegations against fine, and prove that beiheim's comments were wrong, i dont see a reason why he should lose his job if he is only guilty of sticking his foot in his mouth, i assume fine to be innocent based on the credibility of the accusers, if you watched the interview, they seemed like they were just trying to get their face on the news, unlike the interview with the guy who claimed this AAU coach raped him, he seemed credible throughout the interview, but i just cant bring myself to believe the accusations against bernie fine, the kid claims he travelled with the team on road games, beiheim claims the only ball boys that ever travelled with the team were his own sons, and i have no reason not to believe him, now with that said, if proof comes to light that not only did this guy travel with the team, but beiheim covered it up, i believe that he should not only lose him job, he should be prosecuted, as well as sued, but i just dont anticipate this story ending the same way as the sandusky case



Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

I have read the whole Philly Inquirer article and in my mind there is little doubt that Mr. Conlin molested these chiildren and should rot in hell along with all of the other child molesters be they famous or not.  Besides Mr Conlin's acts what I find disturbing is the total lack of coverage of this story by his former employer ESPN.  This was mentioned by another poster earlier in this discussion but no one else has commented on it.  When the Sandusky and Fine stories broke they were all over the ESPN ticker, but last night it was not anywhere on there.  I cannot find any reference to this on ESPNs website either.  This seems to be a double standard.



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:59 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

Where is ESPN and wall to wall coverage?   Where is the HEADLINE splash on CBS SPORTS?  Joe Paterno's face was all over the place and still is(weeks later) and he didn't even do anything!!!   The Daily News SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN.  THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE.  Where was his boss??   WHY WAS HE ALLOWED TO RETIRE??  Bunch of duplicitous and hypocritical Sportswriters and Media Types.  SECOND news organization that knew about a pervert and did nothing -- ESPN and Daily News. 



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:29 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

@CarlaKendall

 

What the *&%$ are you talking about?




Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:14 am
 

Catholics think ....

Catholics believe that Conlin will now be given a Vatican sportswriters assignment.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:53 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

he looks like a child molestor



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:44 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

TOTALLY AGREE WITH CASTRATION FOR 2ND TIME OFFENDORS.THIS WOULD ERADICATE EACH ONE BY ONE AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO ANYONE CONSIDERING THIS BEHAVIOR. UNFORTUANTELY THIS LAW WOULD NEVER BE REPLACED OR ALLOWED. IT IS ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC THAT PERIMITOR PEOPLE WERE IN THE "KNOW" WITH ALL THESE CASES AND JUST LOOKED THE OTHER WAY........WHY IS BAYHEIM STILL COACHING.......FINE WAS HIS ASSISTANT....JIMMY HAD NO IDEA !!!!!!! REDICULOUS.....PATERNO NO IDEA !!!!!! NcQUERRY SAW THE ABUSE HEARD THE ABUSE AND WALKED AWAY AND LET SANDUSKY CONTINUE.REDICULOUS AND SHAME ON THEM......



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:36 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

With all the chikd molestation claims lately, I ve been reading and hearing alot of experts tell me about the  psychology of pedophiles. The one thing everybody seems to agree upon is that these guys don't just molest a few children and then stop without some sort of treatment. That tells me that if Conlin did this in the 70's, there's a high probability he did it in the 80's, 90's and may still be doing it today. I would be very suprised if he number of children who claim he molested them stays at 4.

and thats why i believe the government should amend the 8th amendment, to exclude medical procedures, ive always been a strong believer that first offense child molestation, or second offense rape should come with a sentence of castration, either chemical, or through medical procedure to remove the testicles, you could say 2nd offense molestation, but we know now that pedophiles dont change, if you are sexually attached to children, time in prison will not change that, but i personally dont believe medical procedures should be considered "torture" or "unusual"  i find the child molestation is much closer to "torture" and "unusual" than castration is, if you take away their ability, you take away the crime




Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:35 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

THIS IS TERRIBLY SAD FOR THE VICTIMS NOT ONLY WITH THIS ABUSER BUT ALL VICTIMS WHO HAVE BEEN VIOLATED AND  REMAINED SILENT AND HAVE SUFFERED THE INEQUITIES OF AN ABUSIVE ADULT RUINING THEIR LIVES....JUST HORIBLE.... BILL CONLIN IF GUILTY NEEDS TO BE STRIPPED OF EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT HE HAS EVER MADE IN HIS LIFE SINCE HE DECIDED HIS LIFE AND PERSONAL DEMONS CAME FIRST WHEN ALLEDGEDLY ABUSING THESE YOUNG VICTIMS.

ADDITIONALLY I HOPE EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD THAT HAS EVER BEEN ABUSED COMES OUT IMMEDIATELY AND AS HUMAN BEINGS WE NEED TO SUPPORT THESE VICTIMS AND LET THEM KNOW THEY DO NOT NEED TO HIDE ANY FORM OF ABUSE...... LETS ERADICATE AND EXPOSE THESE SICK PEOPLE FROM OUR SOCIETY. LETS GET ALL OF THEM BEHIND BARS SO THEY CAN MIX IT UP IN PRISON ON AN EQUAL PLAYING FILED WITH OTHER ABUSERS AND LET THINGS FALL WHERE THEY MAY.

THE PENN STATE COVER UP ALONG WITH THE SYRACUSE COVER UP AND WITH SICK PEOPLE LIKE CONLIN OPERATING WITHIN SOCIETY  RUINING PEOPLES LIVES.......I HOPE THESE UNFORTUNATE REALITIES OPEN UP AND GIVE STRENGTH TO ALL VICTIMS TO GET ON THE "TRAIN" AND TELL THEIR STORIES AND BLOW THE ABUSERS OUT OF SOCIETY AND MAKE SURE THEY GET THE PUNISHMENT THEY DESERVE AND LIVE THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AS A REFLECTION OF THEIR DEVIATE SELVES WHETHER IN PRISON OR JUST BEING EXPOSED TO THEIR PEERS,FAMILY AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITY........NO CHILD SHOULD EVER SUFFER ABUSE...


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