Josh Duggar Named an Alleged Sex Offender According to Police Report
In Touch Weekly recently broke some disturbing news that will likely rock the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting fame. According to the official Springdale, Arkansas police report (which the news outlet acquired via a Freedom of Information Act request), 27-year-old Josh Duggar had sexually molested several female minors (some of whom include his sisters) when he was a minor himself. What’s more, Josh’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, possibly waited more than a year after Josh's confession before reaching out to authorities.
The report in question — which redacts the suspect’s name, though In Touch states they have confirmed that it refers to Josh — has remained out of the public eye ever since 2006. Police even interviewed Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (Jim Bob did not allow officers to speak with Josh at the time).
In Touch outlines that Josh was “investigated for multiple sex offenses against five minors,” and that some of said offenses — which are too sensitive for Wetpaint to report — were “felonies.” It’s also worth noting that officials interviewed some of the alleged victims (some of whom lived with Jim Bob and Michelle at the time) in 2006, and they all seemed to corroborate those reports.
Josh was first accused of sexual molestation in March 2002, when he was just 14 years old. What’s more, Jim Bob revealed to police in 2006 that Josh admitted in July 2002 to inappropriately touching a minor. Though he was apparently “disciplined,” the family failed to contact the police.
When Josh was once again accused of molestation in March 2003, the report reveals that Jim Bob “met with the elders of his church and told them what was going on.” Instead of reaching out to authorities, the family sent Josh to a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling.” Said program was held “from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.”
Michelle later revealed that her son didn’t actually get counseling like the program suggested. Turns out he spent time with a family friend who was remodeling a building in Little Rock. Said family friend, however, is not a licensed counselor, but is “kind of” a mentor.
The Duggars also revealed to police that the female victims had “forgiven” Josh after he had “apologized” for his actions.
If you’re wondering why Josh was never prosecuted, it turns out that the three-year statute of limitations had passed before the investigation could be completed.
“A technicality prevented any further action,” a source explains to In Touch. “That’s been the biggest regret in all of this.”
Josh and his wife Anna are parents to three children, with one more on the way. He currently lives in Washington D.C., where he works as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council. The Duggar family has yet to comment on this troubling news.
This story is still developing.
Source: In Touch Weekly