Reports: 2 more accuse Philly columnist of abuse

PHILADELPHIA - December 22, 2011

The two women bring to six the total number of adults who say former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin molested them when they were younger.

Fifty-year-old Linda Stella tells the Daily News that Conlin molested her on two occasions at his New Jersey home. A second unidentified woman tells The Philadelphia Inquirer she was also abused at Conlin's home.

Conlin retired abruptly Tuesday, shortly before The Inquirer published a story online detailing allegations of abuse from three women and a man in the 1970s. Prosecutors say Conlin cannot be charged because the statute of limitations has expired.

Conlin has denied the allegations. A phone message left for Conlin's attorney was not immediately returned early Thursday.

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