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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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Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:53 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

How do people do these things?  Sad , the human race is sad..



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:59 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

I traded a few emails with Conlin over the years and discovered to my disapointment that he is truly an a-hole. Yesterday's story confirms it. Another legacy lost over perversion. I hope his remaining months are as miserable as he is.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:04 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

Agreed that statute of limitations shouldn't apply to molestation. Most victims aren't able to confront the abuse until well into their adult lives, which can be destroyed by the effects of the abuse in childhood. A huge number of prison inmates were sexually abused.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:43 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

The Sandusky/Fine cases seem to have emboldened victims of this terrible crime to speak out, though it's too bad it takes a nationally known molestation scandal to do it.  It's tough when you're young and afraid to speak out about things that were done to you in this manner, kids should NOT be afraid...tell someone, whether it's a teacher, policeman, trusted friend's parent, someone in a church, or your parent when these terriblet things happen so it can be addressed and punished then...it's sad that if these allegations are proven (remember innocent until proven guilty though today it seems it's the other way 'round), since it took nearly 40 years to come out, it's now too late for any realistic criminal or civil punishment, just a stain on Conlin's record.




Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:15 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

Really dude?  This is 2011 almost 2012.  Race doesn'e F-ing matter.  Stop living 50 years ago and look at the topic at hand.  Stop trying to make an issue out of nothing.  Nobody here is defending any of the accused.  It doesnt matter whether they are white, black, spanish, asian, purple or whatever!  Your comments just show how ignorant you are. 



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:29 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

When the Sandusky thing came out our Canadian sports reporters who some of whom were reporting from Stateside called vehemently, no, screamed that Sandusky at the time should be in jail..at the very least. One stated before they come to pick him up he should just get a gun and end it all for himself, and everyone else, then and there. There is the law and justice to be adhered to. This particular crime needs swift and the harshest of punishment, justice, whatever you want to call it. Hooray to our Canadian reporters, who while everyone bickerred, the media chatted it up, the Law watched and waited, Sandusky walked around like nothing was wrong, we called for him to be at least in the slammer while we await trial.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:09 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

this stuff is crazy. could all of this happened under watchful eyes? we owe it to our kids to protect them better.




Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:02 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

Hey, now he is a terrible writer and a terrible person. Can't say I'll miss his embracing of ignorance on the game or total lack of objectivity. 



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:30 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

I don't think the statute of limitations should apply to sexual abuse of children... justice should be served.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:26 am
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

but your a whiteboy that is just confued


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