Four say they were molested by Philly Daily News writer

Three women and a man tell the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Nancy Phillips that Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin groped and fondled them during the 1970s, when they were from ages 7 to 12.

“This is a tragedy,” Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin’s who said he molested her when she was a child, tells Phillips. “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, who has been with the Daily News for four decades, retired today.

Phillips told me she started working on the story a couple of weeks ago after “one of the women called to tell me” about the abuse.

* Four say Philly Daily News writer Bill Conlin sexually abused them as children (Philadelphia Inquirer)