Dating sexually abused women
"The allegations have no bearing on the award, which was for his work as a baseball writer," he said.He gained a national profile as a commentator on the ESPN program , and the Hall of Fame honor secured his reputation as a leading voice on baseball.Jack O'Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America, which selects the Spink award winner, said the group would take no action."There were several very specific claims, from multiple victims and their families, to support our decision to publish this article," he wrote.
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. It's not just the victims, it's the victims' families.They also said they wanted to bring attention to the shortcomings of the statute of limitations on sex crimes, which bars prosecution in their cases because their parents did not call police when the abuse occurred years ago.In several cases, the parents corroborated the accounts, and one - Conlin's brother-in-law - said the writer broke down in tears and insisted he had only touched the girl's leg.
There were so many people who knew about this and did nothing." Through his lawyer, George Bochetto, Conlin declined to comment. Conlin is obviously floored by these accusations, which supposedly happened 40 years ago," Bochetto said.
"He has engaged me to do everything possible to bring the facts forward to vindicate his name." Blanchet, now a prosecutor in Atlantic City, and the others said they were speaking out now because the alleged sexual assaults and cover-up at Pennsylvania State University brought back painful memories and reminded them of the secrecy that shrouded their own assaults.