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Stephen Collins plays a pedophile priest in short film 'Penance'
Stephen Collins plays a pedophile priest in short film 'Penance'

In an eerie echo of his off-screen turmoil, actor Stephen Collins, who is currently under investigation for alleged child molestation, portrays a pedophile priest in an independent short film that has played at film festivals recently. The 11-minute short, "Penance," stars David Lyons as a troubled man who seeks help from a priest (Collins) to "clear his conscience and discover exactly what it means to find forgiveness … or to give it," as the film's website says. "Penance" screened at the Catalina Film Festival on Sept. 27, less than two weeks before an audio recording emerged in which Collins allegedly admits to sexually abusing three...

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