Nearly two weeks since damning audio of Stephen Collins admitting to molesting an underage New York girl was released by TMZ, it seems he will avoid prosecution for his actions.
Law enforcement officials with the NYPD, the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., and the LAPD have all been investigating Collins since the tapes were leaked—the NYPD also noted that Collins had been the subject of a sex abuse investigation several years ago, but the statute of limitations on the case ran out, and no charges were ever filed.
TMZ now says that despite the audio tapes, that still remains the case: the incidents in question are decades old, and prosecution would be barred by the statute of limitations.
The incident which Collins referenced on the tapes occurred in 1972 with a 14-year-old girl who has since been identified as a relative of Collins' first wife, Faye Grant. Collins and Grant are still going through divorce proceedings, and both sides plan to bring up the tapes as evidence: Grant because she wants assets protected in case a victim comes forward and sues him, and Collins because he will claim she leaked the tapes to extort him.