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Four say Philly Daily News writer Bill Conlin sexually abused them as children

December 20, 2011|By Nancy Phillips, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.

In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them and touched their genitals in assaults in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12.

"This is a tragedy," said Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin's who said he molested her when she was a child. "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."

Conlin retired Tuesday from the Daily News, where he had worked for more than four decades.

"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.

Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive officer and publisher of Philadelphia Media Network Inc., which owns The Inquirer and the Daily News, wrote in a message to employees Tuesday that he was "sickened by the allegations" and had accepted Conlin's retirement.

"There were several very specific claims, from multiple victims and their families, to support our decision to publish this article," he wrote.



The floodgates have opened to these stories of sexual abuse against children, clustered disturbingly around sports figures.

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