No pedophile is safe these days — and that's a good thing!
Thanks in part to the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State, more and more molestation victims are coming forward to share their tragic stories, no matter how many years ago they occured.
Most recently, a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Daily News is being accused of molesting three young girls and a boy (now adults) in the 1970s.
Bill Conlin, who is a Hall of Fame baseball writer, allegedly touched, fondled and groped the victims genitals while they were between the ages of 7 and 12.
Like so many other victims of pedophilia, they were all related to Conlin! Kelley Blanchet, his niece who has come forward, says that her family even KNEW about his abuse and did nothing, explaining:
"This is a tragedy. 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."
Ugh! So sad that these stories went untold for so long and this guy thought he got away with it.
The shit has definitely hit the fan for Conlin now though. After the story broke early on Tuesday, he immediately retired from his columnist gig with the Philly paper and has hired a lawyer, who said:
"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 facts forward to vindicate his name."
Good luck with that, guy. Based on statements of the victims' parents who actually confronted him over the issue, it sounds like he's pretty guilty. Blanchet's father recalled Conlin breaking down into tears, saying:
"He swore to me that he just touched her leg. Then all of a sudden, he started crying. He said, 'I swear to God, I just touched her leg.'"
Such a sad, sad story.
Not sure what kind of legal action will be taken against him considering this happened so long ago (unless any recent victims step forward), but at least Conlin has finally been exposed for the predator he really is.
[Image via AP Images.]
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