Conlin accused by 7th alleged victim

Another woman came forward Friday to accuse Hall of Fame
baseball writer Bill Conlin of sexually abusing her when she was a
child, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, claimed Conlin abused
her on two occasions during the 1960s when she was aged 11.

The latest accuser is the third person to come forward since
Tuesday when The Inquirer first published a report detailing the
alleged abuse of three women and one man, who claimed the long-time
columnist molested them during the 1970s when they were aged
between seven and 12.

The newest alleged victim, now 59, claimed Conlin, a family
friend, assaulted her during trips to Margate, N.J. where her
family had a beach home.

The now mother-of-two said she decided to break her decades-long
silence in light of the courage of the other victims.

“When I read it, I started to cry,” she told the paper. “I just
felt overwhelmed. The fact that I wasn’t the only one made me feel
stronger.”

The 77-year-old Conlin, a fixture in the Philadelphia sports
scene for nearly 50 years, retired abruptly Tuesday from the
Philadelphia Daily News, where he worked since 1965.

He has declined to comment publicly on the allegations, denying
them through his attorney.

Prosecutors in New Jersey, where the alleged abuses occurred,
said no criminal charges would be filed against Conlin because the
statute of limitations had passed.

Conlin’s attorney, George Bochetto, said Tuesday his client was
“obviously floored by these accusations, which supposedly happened
40 years ago. He has engaged me to do everything possible to bring
the facts forward to vindicate his name.”

Slade McLaughlin, a lawyer for three of the female accusers,
told WTXF-TV he thought his clients did the right thing by going
public and said he believed they were telling the truth.

“They are extremely believable . . . nothing about anything any
of these women told me sounded at all like it was feigned, or made
up, or twisted,” he said.

He added that there would be no lawsuits as his clients were not
interested in money.

Conlin served as the Phillies beat writer from 1966 to 1987,
before becoming a columnist. He also appeared frequently on ESPN’s
“The Sports Reporters.”

On Wednesday, the sports website Deadspin published an email
exchange in which Conlin expressed his concern about the impending
story to editor A.J. Daulerio. Conlin contacted Deadspin Monday
night after learning The Inquirer was likely going to publish a
story about the allegations.

He referred to his accusers as “late middle-aged women” who had
decided it was “Sandusky time,” referring to former Penn State
defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with
child sexual abuse.

“They can toss my good name out there while alleging a crime
that was never charged?” Conlin wrote in an email. “(Bleep)
that.”

Daulerio asked whether Conlin wished to make comments in his
defense for a story to run on Deadspin, but Conlin declined, saying
he preferred to wait for the story to be published to see whether
the accusers were identified.