NEW YORK (PIX11) - He played a pastor on the family values show "7th Heaven" but now he's the focus of an NYPD investigation after allegedly admitting to sexually abusing three young girls.
He apparently made the disturbing admission to his then-wife Faye Grant. When they went to a therapy session, she secretly made an audio recording on the advice of her lawyer, TMZ is reporting.
In California it is illegal to record a private conversation without the consent of both parties, but an exception can be made when one party believes the recording will provide evidence of a serious crime.
"When you exposed yourself to *****'s 10-year-old sister, did you have an erection?" Grant asks Collins during the session.
"No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe, I think," Collins says.
Grant continues to grill Collins for details and timelines about the three girls -- two of whom were living in Manhattan at the time of the alleged abuse.
"How did you talk to her, what kind of things did you say?" she asks. Collins doesn't specify, only saying that it happened multiple times.
"There was one instance," Collins said, "where I put her hand on my penis."
The alleged victim in that case was living in New York City at the time.
The NYPD has confirmed that there is a complaint on file and that an investigation by the Manhattan Special Victims Unit is underway.