Stephen Collins Stephen Collins of "7th Heaven" at "A Father's Day Salute to TV Dads" hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, June 18, 2009. The actor is now being investigated for child molestation. Photo: Reuters

Stephen Collins played a pastor and father on the popular TV series “7th Heaven,” but a new bombshell audio recording reveals that the actor's real life was far from his wholesome image. TMZ is reporting that Collins, now 67, admitted to sexually molesting several children during a 2012 therapy session with his estranged wife, actress Faye Grant. He is now reportedly being investigated by the New York City police. 

In the tape, Collins admits to molesting three females. Collins said he exposed himself and had a “partial erection” while molesting an 11-year-old female relative of his first wife, Marjorie Weinman. He said the assault happened on several occasions over the course of three years until the victim was 13. During one of the molestations, Collins said he placed the girl’s hand on his penis. “It lasted a few seconds,” he said in the recording. “That was the last time.” Other victims include a Los Angeles girl who lived in Collins’ neighborhood and a 12- or 13-year-old girl from New York.

TMZ said Weinman was the first to report the molestation in 2012, although the crimes reportedly occurred “decades” ago. The therapy session with Faye occurred after Collins disclosed his criminal acts in a full list.

The NYPD is currently investigating into Collins’ claims and last met with the TV actor Wednesday due to his “inappropriate sexual contact with minors.” Authorities confirmed that at least three victims are involved. The tape, recorded by Faye, can be used as evidence in the case as it pertains to a violent felony. 

Collins is best known for playing the Rev. Eric Camden on the long-running WB series “7th Heaven,” which ran on the WB network from 1996 to 2007. In recent years, Collins has starred on several other programs, including Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and NBC’s “Revolution.” In 2013, he had a guest spot on the family-friendly series “The Fosters."