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.