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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: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

LOL @ XSGAME. KEEP STEWING IN YOUR BLESSED IGNORANCE. THE REAL STATISTICS WILL SCARE YOU TO DEATH.



Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:30 pm
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Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

wow u should be banned from this site you racist internet loser



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

XSGame...you are one sick racist POS.




Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

The Sandusky story was blogged in April by Columnist Mark Madden.  The story was "out there".  It was ignored until November when the AD was charged with perjury.  This story also started as a blog by Deadspin.  The difference is Sandusky was still coaching kids, and Conlin has gone fiishing.  That and the fact none of the Conlin allegations have been proven yet, and it's hard to tell if the allegations can be proven.  Maybe proven in the eye of the public, because the public hears a one minute sound bite and already makes up its mind, but instead proven with a preponderance of the evidence.  Unless there's a confession, it's just based on distant memory.
Have you read up on this story?  You indicate that you have.  There is mention of a 10 page apology letter to one of his victims.  Also, I'm not sure what you are trying to say with the "has gone fishing comment" (actually, I do know what you are implying....what would make you think he has no access to children?? He JUST retired because the story broke).  And this isn't "just a distant memory"....there are a lot of persons remembering the same thing, including a brother who witnessed abuse of his sister (and told the parents), and parents who were told AT THE TIME and (wrongly) chose not to do the difficult, correct thing then.  This isn't just some murkey, "one minute sound bite."




Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:19 pm
 

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. 



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

The Sandusky story was blogged in April by Columnist Mark Madden.  The story was "out there".  It was ignored until November when the AD was charged with perjury.  This story also started as a blog by Deadspin.  The difference is Sandusky was still coaching kids, and Conlin has gone fiishing.  That and the fact none of the Conlin allegations have been proven yet, and it's hard to tell if the allegations can be proven.  Maybe proven in the eye of the public, because the public hears a one minute sound bite and already makes up its mind, but instead proven with a preponderance of the evidence.  Unless there's a confession, it's just based on distant memory. 



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

I don't really care about Conlin one way or another, but I do find it odd how, all of a sudden, so many sports figures are being accused of molestation.  It just seems fishy that these 4 victims only came forward recently.  That the Penn State saga really brought their pain back, but no other accounts of molestation, over the span of 40 years, did the same?  His niece, Blanchett, is a prosecutor in Atlantic City.  In her time as a prosecutor, she's never come across sexual abuse cases or spoken with colleagues who have confided particulars in a case to her which would bring all this pain flooding back?  I'm not saying he's innocent.  I'm just saying that it's fishy.
Christ...you seem to have at least some familiarity with the story, did none of the details sink in???  They brought their story to prosecuters BEFORE the Sandusky story ever broke.  There is nothing "fishy" about the timing.




Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:58 pm
 

Writer Bill Conlin accused of child molestation

The comments left by XS Game are racist, full of hate and off topic. So sorry you hate white people. Merry Christmas! 



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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 8:46 pm
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