A Cliff Notes Guide To Josh Duggar’s Newly Surfaced Molestation Investigation

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The Duggar family has done some pretty hypocritical, bigoted, ignorant, idiotic stuff in their time, but this new story really takes the cake. Josh Duggar, Jim Bob and Michelle's oldest of 19 kids, was investigated for allegedly molesting five underage girls, including some of his sisters, when he was around 14 years old. The story was initially reported by In Touch Weekly and confirmed with police by TMZ. The Duggars reportedly kept quiet about the accusations against Josh for several years before the investigation was conducted, and when it finally was, Jim Bob got a lawyer and refused to allow police to interview Josh.

Josh is now 27 and apparently cannot be charged due to the three-year statute of limitations running out. There are a whole lot of details in this story, so I put together a basic timeline of events based on the 2006 Springdale, AR, police report obtained by In Touch. Police spoke to both Josh's parents as well as several of the alleged victims, who said Josh touched their breasts and genitals. Josh's name was redacted from the document, but In Touch confirmed that it refers to him.

  • March 2002: A female minor told Jim Bob that Josh, who had just turned 14, touched her breasts and genitals while she slept, on multiple occasions.
  • July 2002: Josh admitted to fondling a girl's breasts while she slept. Jim Bob told police the family “disciplined” Josh but didn't tell authorities.
  • March 2003: There was, according to Jim Bob, “another incident.” Josh was apparently accused by several minors of touching their breasts and genitals while both asleep and awake.
  • March 2003: Jim Bob told the elders of their church what was going on. No one told the police.
  • March 17, 2003 – July 17, 2003: Josh was sent to a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling.” Michelle later said he was actually sent to a family friend in the remodeling business, and there was no counseling involved.
  • 2003: Jim Bob and some of the church elders took Josh to Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens, whom Jim Bob knew personally. Hutchens gave Josh a “very stern talk” but didn't take official action. He's currently serving a 56-year prison sentence for child pornography.
  • 2006: A letter, written by a family friend detailing what he knew of the acts during the time Josh was accused, was discovered in a book loaned to someone else. The Duggars wouldn't say who wrote or found it.
  • 2006: An email, written by an unidentified 61-year-old woman, was sent to Oprah Winfrey's show when the Duggars were set to appear, warning them about the accusations. Harpo Studios faxed the email to the Department of Human Services, leading to a police investigation.

Jim Bob and Michelle told police that Josh “apologized” to the alleged victims and they had “forgiven” him. Several church members were “aware of the situation and had been supportive of the family.” Really? Even the family members Josh allegedly molested? Doesn't sound like they were very supportive of them.

What makes all of this so much more disturbing is that Josh is married with three children and another one on the way. One of his kids is a girl. According to TMZ, a source from TLC says the network has not come to a decision — if any — on what to do with 19 Kids and Counting. They don't exactly have a very good track record, considering the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo molestation scandal that already happened last year.

UPDATE: Josh has admitted to the molestation, and he and his family have released statements about the situation.

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