'7th Heaven' Actor Stephen Collins Confesses to Child Molestation

"As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth," the embattled actor told People.

In 2012, Stephen Collins admitted to child molestation in a tape TMZ obtained in October; today, the 7th Heaven actor released a statement to People in which he confirms he was involved in inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors.

The 67-year-old, who has been under investigation by Los Angeles sheriff's detectives since the first confession emerged, told the magazine there were three underage victims between 1973 and 1994.

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"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret," Collins said. "I have been working to atone for it ever since. I've decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist's or my knowledge or consent."

Collins' full statement will run in the next issue of People, which hits newsstands Dec. 19; on the same day, his interview with Katie Couric will air on Yahoo! and ABC's 20/20.

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