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Report: Duggars knew of son’s molestation acts, failed to report it for months

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LITTLE ROCK — Josh Duggar, one of the members of the family that stars in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” told his parents he touched his sisters, inTouch Weekly reports, but they waited at least 16 months before contacting any authorities.

Now, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar could face up to six years in prison for failing to report their son’s abusive acts.

According to police documents secured by inTouch Weekly,  27-year-old Josh Duggar confessed to his father on three separate occasions in 2002 that he performed multiple acts of molestation against his sisters and a family friend. Duggar was 15 when he allegedly came to his parents upset and crying, the documents state, and told them that he had touched his sisters while they were sleeping.

The girls were living in a communal room at the time.

Jim Bob Duggar and his wife waited 16 months before they contacted authorities, documents show. The behavior allegedly worsened during the months, police said.

The Duggars did eventually take Josh to a state trooper, who is currently serving time behind bars in an unrelated case. The trooper was only told of one alleged molestation incident, he told inTouch Weekly in a jail interview, and didn’t report the child abuse.

Josh, 27, apparently cannot be charged due to the statute of limitations.

He released a statement last month:

“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. 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.”

Josh also has resigned from his position with the Family Research Council, according to People.

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3 comments

  • L Saulnier

    Has anyone here been a victim ? Well unfortunately I have . However Josh was under age and I truly believe he has changed . Throw him under the bus if you must . Will anger towards a changed person help ? No it only adds fuel to the fire and aids in keeping hate in ones heart . I’ve learned to move on and forgive . Its good for the soul . The Duggars are a good Christian family its not right to keep this kind of hate towards a family that 12 years ago faced this crisis . Must the public make them relive this ordeal over again? They obviously moved on as a family. I know I would not have wanted to be forced to relive mine over again . Please think about your words . Words that you’ll never be able to take back . WORDS HURT !

    • alex

      A good Christian couple my ass. I am disgusted by these people and their attempt to cover up this crime.
      The victims are the girls he molested. I hope the parents and their pedophile son go to jail.

  • The Decider

    Pretty sure he was of age to know what he was doing was wrong. Especially since he went to his parents supposedly crying about it. The guilt. He should have thought about his actions and consequences before doing what he did. He knew full well it was wrong and should be considered a sex offender. I went to school with 2 sex offenders. Just because he was a child and so long ago doesn’t mean its not wrong.