Josh Duggar and Family Release Statement Following Child Molestation Reports
Following the disturbing report that TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was accused of sexually molesting five female minors (some of whom included his sisters) when he was a teenager, Josh, along with his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, have finally addressed the reports.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," the 27-year-old exclusively tells People.
“I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
“I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions,” he continues.
“I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God's grace, mercy and redemption.”
In Touch initially obtained the police report (via a Freedom of Information Act request), and while it redacts the suspect’s name, the news outlet states they confirmed it refers to Josh. Not only does the report reveal that the eldest Duggar was investigated for numerous sex offenses against five minors, but it also shows that Jim Bob may have kept quiet for more than a year after Josh confessed before alerting authorities.
“Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked,” Jim Bob and Michelle tell People in a joint statement. “We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”
As for Josh’s wife Anna (who is currently expecting their fourth child), the 26-year-old tells the magazine that she was well-aware of her husband’s past and that he told her about it two years prior to their engagement.
“I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes,” Anna states. “I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was — even every difficult past mistake.”
After releasing his statement, People states that the Josh has since resigned from his post as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council. The Duggar family continues to support him.