UPDATE #2: Josh Duggar and his family have issued statements on the allegations below, and have admitted that the information is, indeed, true. Click here to read the family’s statements.
UPDATE: In Touch Weekly has released the police reports to further prove that this story is, indeed, true. To view all of the reports (there are 33 photo to click through in all), click here. The Ashley has included some of the details found in them in the story below under the “Update” section.
Fans of the wholesome Duggar family, stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting may not know that there have been rumors circulating The Internets for years that oldest Duggar son, Josh, was the focus of a sex abuse scandal back in 2005, but In Touch Weekly has just splashed the case across its cover. For the first time ever, there’s confirmation that the case is very real and not just an urban legend.
The magazine broke the story yesterday that Josh, now 27, was “named in a police report as the ‘alleged offender’ in an underage sexual abuse probe” back when he was about 16 years old.
The Ashley has reached out to TLC, but the network stated that they have “no comment” on the story right now.
As The Ashley stated earlier, the story of this incident has become somewhat of an urban legend on Duggar chatboards. Until yesterday, however, there was no proof that anything actually took place. When In Touch got the officer who allegedly led the investigation into the case back in 2005 to comment, though, it served as confirmation that at least something transpired.
Sgt. Darrel Hignite told the magazine, “I can’t comment or discuss [this case] because of the sensitive nature and because it involved a juvenile.”
The magazine claims that Josh was never prosecuted, despite the reports being filed against him, due to various events prolonging it. By the time the police were ready to reopen the case, the three-year statue of limitations had already passed.
For years, this scandal has been known as the “Sin in the Camp” scandal by devout Duggar fans and haters. In fact, whatever went down with Josh is reportedly the reason that Jim Bob cites for him having lost his bid for senate.
UPDATE: As stated above, In Touch has obtained the official Springdale, Arkansas police report from December 2006, and it’s full of damning stuff. The police reports claims that Josh confessed to several sex offenses, including “forcibly fondling” of several minor females, stemming all the way back to 2002.
“The report says that James [Jim Bob] told police he was alerted in March, 2002 by a female minor that Josh — who turned 14-years-old that month — had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept,” the magazine stated, posting the report as proof. “This allegedly happened on multiple occasions. In 2006, Jim Bob told police that in July, 2002 Josh admitted to fondling a minor’s breasts while she slept. James said that they disciplined (redacted, Josh) after this incident. The family did not alert authorities.”
The police reports also stated that Jim Bob confessed that there was another “incident” nine months later involving inappropriate touching of female minor’s breasts and genitals. After that incident, the magazine states that Jim Bob alerted his church’s elders (but not the police) about Josh’s alleged activities. The elders and the Duggars decided to send Josh to a Christian program that “consisted of hard physical work and counseling.” (Most likely the ALERT camp.) James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.” (Click here to read that part of the police report.)
It has been rumored that Josh’s shaved head during one of the family’s TLC specials was due to his attendance at the notorious Gothard ALERT camp for boys.
In Touch claims that the case was opened again in 2006, when the Duggars were supposed to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. After a woman emailed Harpo Production, informing them of Josh’s alleged molestation history, the producers faxed the Department of Human Services, which caused Springdale police to reopen the case.
“When police asked Jim Bob to bring Josh in for an interview in 2006, he attempted to hire a lawyer and refused to produce his son for questioning. At least two lawyers refused to take his case,” In Touch reports. “Det. Hignite received a voice mail from Mr. Duggar stating that [redacted, Josh] had hired an attorney and would not be coming in for an interview.”
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the police report narrative is that it basically states that Josh’s alleged victims were his younger sisters. Although the girls’ names have been blocked out, it states that alleged victims “live with their parents Michelle and Jim Bob.” So…unless there are other girls in Sprindale, Arkansas with parents named Michelle and Jim Bob, unfortunately, that probably means the alleged victims were the Duggar girls. (Click here to see that particular part of the police report.)
The alleged victims were all brought into the police department in 2006 for questioning and allegedly admitted to having been touched inappropriately. (Click here to read that part of the police report. Obviously, the victims’ names have been blocked out, as they were minors.)
One victim appears to be someone who lived outside the Duggar household. In the police report, one victim is indicated as a Fayetteville, Arkansas resident (the Duggars live in Springdale), who was at the house babysitting when the alleged touching took place, according to the other victims’ conversation with police in 2006. All of the alleged touching incidents happened while the Duggars were living at their house on Johnson Road, the victims stated.
Josh had allegedly admitted to the molestations multiple times, including once to church elders in March 2003.
The police report also revealed that the Duggars allegedly used a rod to spank their children when they were bad. One of the victims told the police investigator this in 2006. (Click here to see that page in the police report.)
The Ashley would like to note here that she understands that a lot of Duggar fans will not believe this story. However, she would like to point out that, while she can’t confirm or deny its legitimacy, these are actual police reports, and no media outlet would risk the enormous lawsuit that would result from a fabrication of a story of this magnitude.
Josh has not commented on the allegations, and the entire Duggar family has kept silent so far. The magazine asked Amy Duggar, Josh’s cousin, to comment but she refused.
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