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Josh Duggar apologizes after child molestation accusations: ‘I acted inexcusably’

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ARKANSAS — Josh Duggar, one of the members of the family that stars in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” was the subject of a police investigation for allegedly sexually molesting five girls, including some of his sisters.

The story was broken by In Touch Weekly, but TMZ has confirmed with law enforcement that Josh Duggar, who was around 14 at the time, was the alleged molester against five girls starting in 2002.

According to the police report, Josh fondled the girls, some of whom were sleeping, but sometimes they were interacting with him, in one case reading a book.

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

He released a statement Thursday:

“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.

A source connected with TLC production says no decision has been made on what, if anything, the network will do.

As for the Duggars, one of the family members told investigators, “this entire incident had brought the family closer to God,” according the police report.

The Duggar family posted a statement on Facebook:

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9 comments

  • john abbott

    Kids do things they regret!It sounds like Josh has tried to do the right thing.I hope he and the people he hurt can move forward in God’s love and grace!They are all in my prayers:)
    God bless

      • me

        His parents are sex addicts? Where on earth do you get that from? I don’t think they have sex any more often than any other married couple. The only difference is that they are very fertile and don’t use birth control. But keep up the being judgmental stuff! I hope that works out for you.

  • Jontraverse@gmail.com

    All of your heroes are reality TV stars and washed-up politicians; The Duggars, Mike Huckabee, The Benham Bros, Sarah Palin, Phil Robertson, Kirk Cameron, etc.

    These are the vanguards of Christianity in America today; no scientists; no inventors; no award-winning authors, humanitarians or philanthropists.

    These D-list pseudocelebrities are your best and brightest.

    This IS Dinosauria.

  • Denise Jordan

    The parents are just as sick as their sex offender son. They knew about it but just continued spending their time in the bedroom making more sick Duggers . Too late for the sicko to be punished. Oh well he told God he’s sorry, what a crock. Get this cult off tv.

  • sergio

    Parents should be the ones in trial also for child abuse that show was nothing but a money maker to them, mixing religion with money Of course they were confined to that house and camaras the only girls he saw was his sister wich is really low i hope justice will come

  • Lauren Pulk

    To bad people like this don’t ever change. You can’t rehabilitate molesters with or without god. As for his wife I would be terrified to ever have children with this guy.

    • eric

      Do some research on your statement. Recidivism rate is the lowest out of any crime if sex offenders receive treatment.