Philly sportswriter accused of abuse decades ago

By the Associated Press | December 20, 2011 | 5:57 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia sportswriter has been accused in a newspaper report of molesting children decades ago and has retired from his job.

The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) reports that three woman and a man claim Bill Conlin groped and fondled them in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12.

Conlin is a 77-year-old Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist. He retired Tuesday from the paper, where he had worked for more than four decades.

Conlin attorney George Bochetto said his client was "floored by these accusations" and plans to "do everything possible to bring the facts forward to vindicate his name."

Prosecutors in New Jersey say no charges could be filed because the alleged assaults occurred so long ago.