'7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins admits molesting three young girls

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 01: Actor Stephen Collins speaks onstage during the 'No Ordinary Family' panel during the summer Television Critics Association press tour on August 1, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 13: Actor Stephen Collins (R) and wife Faye Grant arrive at the 2005 TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar on March 13, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Stephen Collins and wife, actress Faye Grant. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actors Stephen Collins and Faye Grant attend 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe' Play Performance on April 7, 1986 at Plymouth Theatre in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 30: Actor Stephen Collins (R) and wife/actress Faye Grant (L) arrives at the world premiere of 'Because I Said So' at ArcLight Hollywood on January 30, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Actors Beverly Mitchell, left, and Stephen Collins, right, accept the award for Best Drama for WB's "7th Heaven" during the Family Television Awards on Wednesday, July 31, 2002, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The awards, in their fourth year, were initiated by the Family Friendly Programming Forum. The group was formed by more than 40 advertisers to encourage the production of programs aimed at parents and children. (AP Photo/Krista Niles)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 18: Actress Elizabeth Mitchell and actor Stephen Collins attend WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 1 held at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 18, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: Actor Stephen Collins attends the premiere of 'Devious Maids' at Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Actor Stephen Collins arrives for Los Angeles premiere of 'The Three Stooges' on April 07, 2012 in Hollywood, California.AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 07: (L-R) Directors Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, actor Stephen Collins and writer Mike Cerrone arrive at 'The Three Stooges' Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 7, 2012 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 10: Actors Drew Lachey (L) and Stephen Collins of 'Monty Python's Spamalot' perform at the 106.7 Lite FM's Broadway in Bryant Park on July 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
*EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE* Drew Lachey (as 'Patsy'), Stephen Collins (As 'King Arthur') and Antonio Banderas pose as they visit Monty Python's 'Spamalot' on Broadway at The Shubert Theater on July 8, 2008 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 30: Actors Stephen Collins and Diane Keaton arrive at the world premiere of 'Because I Said So' at ArcLight Hollywood on January 30, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Actor Stephen Collins poses in front of City Hall at the kick off of 'Live Earth' by turning the lights of City Hall green at the Department of Water & Power on July 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Stephen Collins and Robert Redford attend the Academy Presents the 30th Anniversary Screening of 'All the President's Men' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 30, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Actors Catheine Hicks and Stephen Collins accept the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage at the Seventh Annual Family Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 30, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Actress Joan Collins, Actor Stephen Collins, and Actress Heather Locklear present onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 27: Actor Stephen Collins and wife Faye Grant arrives at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 06: Actors Stephen Collins (L) and Djimon Hounsou pose at the 'Blood Diamond' after party held at Grauman's Chinese Theater on December 6, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 13: (L-R) Actor Stephen Collins, Producer Aaron Spelling, and Actor Michael Cole onstage at the 2005 TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar on March 13, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Barry Watson (L), executive producer Aaron Spelling and actor Stephen Collins (R) pose at a reception to celebrate 150 episodes of The WB's '7th Heaven' on February 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 20: Actors (L toR) Jssica Biel, Mackenzie Rosman, Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks pose at a reception to celebrate 150 episodes of The WB's '7th Heaven' on February 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 12: Actor Stephen Collins and actress Catherine Hicks attend the Third Annual Teen Choice Awards on August 12, 2001 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Stephen Collins and wife, actress Faye Grant. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 01: Joe Papp's '12th Night' actors Charlaine Woodard, Stephen Collins, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Fisher Stevens, Gregory Hines and John Amos (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 18: Actor Stephen Collins promotes NBC's 'Revolution' at WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 1 held at Anaheim Convention Center on April 18, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
REVOLUTION -- 'Come Blow Your Horn' Episode 208 -- Pictured: Stephen Collins as Dr. Gene Porter -- (Photo by: Felicia Graham/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
REVOLUTION -- 'The Patriot Act' Episode 207 -- Pictured: Pictured: Stephen Collins as Dr. Gene Porter -- (Photo by: Felicia Graham/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
REVOLUTION -- 'Dead Man Walking' Episode 206 -- Pictured: Stephen Collins as Dr. Gene Porter -- (Photo by: Felicia Graham/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Disgraced actor Stephen Collins has admitted to repeatedly molesting three underage females.

The 67-year-old pedophile made the confession in a statement to People magazine, saying the incidents occurred between 1973 and 1994, but not since.

"I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way," the actor insisted.

Collins' statement to the magazine starts with an apology.

"Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret," the former "7th Heaven" star 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."

Grant released the recordings to TMZ, setting off a firestorm that saw the hit show yanked from syndication and Collins being dropped from multiple projects he was working on.

"On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago," Collins continues. "The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred.

"As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth."

Part of that truth is an admission by Collins that he has directly apologized to only one of his victims.

"I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious," said a seemingly delusional Collins.

"But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s."

Collins and Grant are in the midst of a bitter divorce.

The child molester agreed to an interview with Yahoo! News' Katie Couric that will air this Friday on ABC's "20/20."

There is a statute of limitations for the illicit acts Collins admitted to, it is not clear if he will ever face charges for the crimes.

'7th Heaven' Actor Stephen Collins Admits Molesting Three Young Girls
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