Official police report shows Josh Duggar was accused of molesting five female minors

Josh Duggar Sexually Molest

Days after 19 Kids and Counting‘s Josh Duggar was accused of sexually assaulting a female minor when he was a teenager, an official police report detailing the criminal investigation into Josh’s alleged offenses against five female minors has emerged. At least one of the charges was a felony, but the statute of limitations had passed by the time everything was reported to police.

According to the police report obtained by InTouch, the initial accusations about Josh came to light in 2006, shortly after the family filmed an Oprah segment, which never aired. Someone from Harpo Productions was tipped off by an anonymous person who claimed Jim Bob Duggar had been hiding the secret for years. Harpo forwarded the anonymous email to authorities, who launched an investigation.

In a subsequent interview with Jim Bob (James) and Michelle Duggar in December 2006, Jim Bob told officers he first learned of accusations against Josh more than four years before. InTouch said they confirmed the suspect was Josh, though the suspect’s and victims’ names were redacted in the report:

 

James said that in March 2002, [redacted] … came to him very upset and crying. James said that [redacted] had told him that Josh had been sneaking into [redacted] room at night and had been touching [redacted] on the breasts and vaginal areas. James said that in July of 2002, Josh admitted to him that as [redacted] was sleeping he had gone to the couch where [blocked] was sleeping and had fondled [redacted] breasts.

 

After those incidents and another in March 2003, Jim Bob asked the elders from his church for advice. They agreed it would be best to send Josh to a Christian treatment center from March until July, after which point Jim Bob and Michelle were “comfortable” that Josh was reformed. Michelle later said the program was actually a stay with a friend near Little Rock. She said Josh did not receive any formal counseling.

Jim Bob said he took Josh to speak with family friend Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens upon his return home from treatment. Hutchens did not report what he learned; he is now serving 50+ years in prison on child pornography charges.

Early Duggar Family Special
The Duggar family in an early TLC special.

During the investigation in 2006, officers also spoke to the victims, who corroborated Jim Bob’s version of events. Of one such interview, the report reads,

 

Inv. Taylor asked if something happened. [Redacted] said something happened a long time ago… [Redacted] said Josh was having moral struggles. Inv. Taylor said that [redacted] told [redacted] mother and dad what had happened. [Redacted] said that Josh had asked for forgiveness… [Redacted] said Josh sought after God and had turned back to God.

 

During another interview with a victim, the female minor said, “Josh has been good since he has been home. [Redacted] said that this entire incident had brought the family closer to God.” During the investigation, both Jim Bob and the victims were asked where they lived at the time of the incident. Jim Bob and several of the victims said they lived on Johnson Road in Springdale; one victim lived in Fayetteville.

One week after the interviews began, Jim Bob called the police department to inform them he hired an attorney for Josh and they would not come in for further questioning. The next day, the investigating officer formally closed the case because he was “not able to locate an offense inside of the statute of limitation of three years for sexual assault.” The statute of limitations for similar crimes in Arkansas has since been extended.

The Duggar family declined to comment before the police report was published.


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  • bambiglanville

    Not just Josh, this whole family disgusts me.

  • Brandy Nicole

    Sadly I’m guessing since he was sneaking into rooms he was going this stuff to his sisters.

    • Lola

      The police report lists the parents of the victims as Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. It appears that four out of the five were indeed his sisters.

      • Brandy Nicole

        This is terrible and heart breaking for the girls. Josh is scum

  • Guest

    I knew those freaks had some skeletons in their closet. I can’t stand them. They’re like a f*cking cult.

    • LexiconD1

      They do belong to a cult.

  • seesee

    Just shows the value of the females in this family. Josh touches them and it gets swept under the rug because he is a male. The first born male at that. Smh

  • DVM

    I hate the face these people put on Christianity. They’re just nutty cult followers.

  • Miss Lisa

    Out of all those kids I am waiting to see who comes out of the closet. They already have 1 perve kid.

    • twelfthnight

      Homosexuality isn’t a perversion. Statistically, they should have at least one homosexual child, but please do not group someone who commits sexual assault with someone who prefers consensual relations with a person of their same sex.

      • Miss Lisa

        No it is not the same. But like you said they should have at least 1 homosexual child. And obviously they have another child who is a molester. I just can’t believe the story.

    • jeff

      I really hope you just phrased that wrong and are not comparing gay people to perverts.

      • Miss Lisa

        I did phrased it wrong & I apologize if I offended anybody.

        • jeff

          Don’t worry about it. The internet is horrible for making things easy to read out of context. Cheers! (I’m waiting for the gay duggar too… and the tell-all book!)

    • Pattipandi

      I’m sure there’s going to be a suicide and a jail bird in the mix aswell

      • tamara

        The jailbird SHOULD be Josh. I think the only reason that the siblings were allowed to be interviewed was because the stat of limitations had passed. One thing that bothered me when reading the interviews was the satement “He only did it when we lived on Johnson Rd.” Everyone including adults gave that exact answer. It sounds very coached to me. AND it ensures that nothing happened within the statute of limitations. I find it difficult to believe that the acts occurred in one residence only when the family had multiple residences through his teenage years. And that everyone was so clear in their knowledge of that. Not like the paint on the walls made him do it. Just my opinion.

        • Krystianna

          Yes!!! I thought the same thing!!!!

  • twelfthnight

    A few thoughts here:

    1. This is what you get when you try to can a teenager’s sexuality completely and prohibit them from having any sort of relationships until marriage. Squishing that all down and hiding it during your developmental period is bound to cause an explosion of inappropriate behavior sooner or later. Unfortunately he sexually abused young women who now have to live with that.

    2. His sisters probably were told or implied to after this that THEY were now on the verge of impurity and needed to get REALLY close with God or they’d never find a husband or get into heaven if they didn’t ‘pray away’ the mistakes their brother made. Sexual assault was probably made their fault.

    • Kail

      Not only that but their religion literally dictates that men have full control. Woman are inferior….,

    • Demona

      His sisters were probably told they had dressed in a way that enticed and invited this.
      I really had thought by the very first article here on this issue, surely it was just media blowing it up and it was a consensual dating act with the girl outside the family.

    • tamara

      Those were my exact thoughts upon hearing the report. Pretending that sexuality doesnt exist before marriage and covering your daughters bodies with excessive clothing so as not to excite males is NOT teaching sexual responsibility. Only the exact opposite. Jim Bob, Michelle and whatever church/religion they belong to that supports this line of thinking SHARE RESPONSIBILITY for what has happened. It is my Christian opinion that God created our bodies and biological responses. He would want us to learn sexual responsibility but not fear or repression. Unfortunately when sexuality becomes this inappropriate these behaviors are already heavily imprinted AND VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL OR CHANGE, unless there is specialized intervention Sex offenders without specific offender counseling….you dont see that changing. Josh may be “forgiven” but that doesnt mean he is a safe person, AND WE DONT KNOW THAT THOSE WERE OR ARE HIS ONLY VICTIMS. CPS definitely needs to be interviewing his daughter!

  • Lola

    The police report lists the parents of four of the five victims as children of Jim Bob and Michelle. Josh molested four of his younet sisters.

    • KatieKat

      Can you post a link? Thanks

      • Lola

        I posted a link but I’m not sure why it hasn’t shown up yet. If you go to the InTouch story they link to the entire police report and it’s listed on page 11 that four of the victims live with their parents “Jim Bob and Michelle.”

        • KatieKat

          Thanks. I read it… Terrible

        • TA

          Wow. Just wow.
          I am literally sick to my stomach for those girls. I was molested as a child by a close family friend, I can’t imagine what it would have felt like to be forced to live in the same house as the person who violated me and pretend like nothing happened.
          I wonder if Anna knew. I wonder if her parents knew. And all those times Josh talked about purity until marriage… this is all disgusting.

          • Shelby

            He told Anna and her parents before they even started dating.

            • tamara

              Maybe…but we dont know what exactly was said or how he may have minimized or sugar-coated it. Many wives trying to defend husbands in this kind of situation are not above dishonesty. Also, she has four very young children with this man. How could she admit to herself the depravity of what he has done without considering the possibility thst she should leave him. But how could she do that? Did you remember seeing her parents small trailer during the wedding preparation. She could never go home. And has she ever worked? What skills, i wonder, does she have that could support 4 small kids. This is exactly why women should go to ollege. So thst thry have choices and options and dont have to be completely dependant upon a man if problems come up.

              • Sara James

                There are organizations that help single mothers of child molesters find a job and a new place to live. But Anna needs to take action.

            • Sara James

              What parent would allow their daughter to date and then marry a child molester? Anna’s family is just as sick as the Duggars.

        • KatieKat

          I think Disqus has to approve the link. I have tried to post it aswell. So sickening.

    • Shelby

      It would have been Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger

  • Brooke

    This entire family is disgusting. And I can just imagine Josh’s wife sitting there right now trying to make him feel better. Saying what an amazing husband and father he is because she is too brainwashed not to worship her husband. I wish these cult following lunatics would stop breeding. I hope one of the kids at least smartens up and gets away from it.

    • Sebrina Davis

      She knew about it before they got married

      • Sara James

        Which makes Anna and her family just as sick as Josh.

    • Evan

      I don’t want to paint all devout Christians with the same broad brush…BUT, the problem with it is they tend to put everything “in God’s hands”, believing that if you pray hard enough, God will cure anything. It doesn’t work with pedophiles. Actually, the long-term effectiveness of typical psychotherapy is ineffective. To be effective, therapy must be intensive & put in the hands of a therapist who is specially trained. Even then, it’s still “iffy”. Like any addiction, recidivism is high.

      • fairnanatic

        While the legitimacy of Josh’s treatment is up for debate, an FBI study says that the recidivism rate of 14 year old offenders that are treated is only 15%. The other 85% didn’t repeat.

    • anonymous

      Totally agree

  • jeff

    I hope this is the beginning to the end to the Duggars.

  • DeeDeDee

    Are we honestly surprised? These people aren’t just raised so that sex is taboo, they’re raised that you’re going to die if you have sex before marriage or without procreation.

  • Jen

    That is sick but I don’t blame him I blame the parents. This is what happens when you sexually repress your children their whole life.

    • Kail

      Not only that but their religion literally dictates that men have full control. Woman are inferior….

    • Emily

      That’s how I feel! It’s definitely not ok what he did and he’s not innocent but I think the way he was raised formed these dangerous behaviors. A sexually repressed teenage boy can act out in very damaging ways.

      • tamara

        I think you are right. Josh knew right from wrong definitely! But he may not have been given the appropriate coping skills and outlets to handle his feelings. He is culpable, but was also very misguided!

    • Mattsmom99

      You don’t blame someone for sexually abusing their siblings? Really? The parent’s taught self-control. Josh chose not to listen. The blame rest on Josh, and Josh alone. Don’t let another sexual predator get away with it by blaming the parents!

      • Emily

        I don’t blame the parents for what he did…he is fully to blame. I just think the way he was raised may have had an influence on his actions. And I know that there are sexual predators who come from all walks of life and who were raised in many different family dynamics and moral codes. I wasn’t the initial commenter in this thread but I just wanted to clarify because I responded in agreement in this thread. But no, I don’t think this is the parents’ fault, it’s his, I just think that their methods of sexual repression may have aggravated the situation. He was obviously born with a sickness though and this probably would have happened no matter what. It’s all very sad and infuriating to think that his sisters are still in contact with him and have to drive half way across the country with their huge cult family to celebrate Thanksgiving with him and pretend like they are all happy.

      • Launa Darlene Loyd

        I completely Agree this is completely Joshua fault, its not his parents fault, Joshua made his own choices, & what he did was wrong. But nobody knows for sure if his victims were his sisters or not. We need to pray for him & his wife Anna & his kids & the whole family. Josh needs professional help, but ultimately God is the one who Josh has to answer to, not to us his parents or anyone else. In the bible it says DO NOT JUDGE LEST YE BE JUDGED!

        • tamara

          Thats not true! When you have broken the law, violated social norms and have caused damage to young victims and continue to be a possible threat to others (sex offenders have a very high recidivism rate, why do you think they put ALL convicted perpetrators on LIFETIME probation?) then YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO MANY. God may be the only one who can provide soul-saving forgiveness but for crines such as this society and the law will and SHOULD hold you accountable for your behavior.

          • fairnanatic

            We have no indication that Josh has re-offended after the period mentioned in the reports. Not all sex offenders are the same. According to an FBI study of 14 year old offenders that are treated, the recidivism rate is only 15%. 15% is worse than 0% but odds are that he is not a continuing offender.

            • tamara

              HE WASNT TREATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THANKS TO HIS PARENTS!

              • Antoine

                F your grandmother in the face and mouth.

                • tamara

                  Actually, my grandmother is dead but i think we can all see that it is apparent from your comment that you may be even more pathological than josh duggar.

                  • Antoine

                    Get a shovel.

                    • tamara

                      I submitted a response to ant that they should get some help and the moderator erased it. But they allowed this person to “f my grandmother in the face and mouth” NICE MONITORING STARCASM!!!

                    • Antoine

                      Lol

                    • tamara

                      You are like a child who misbehaves because they are SO DESPERATE for attention. So you can continue spouting but you wont be given a single further minute of my time. But for your own sake, and that of the rest of society… GET SOME HELP!!!

                    • Antoine

                      good.

                    • tamara

                      Here antoine edited his comment where he called me a troll and annoying -unt. Ashamed of himself again. Also his comment to “blow me” COWARD!! SO SAD. YOUVE BEEN OUTED FOR WHAT YOU DO, IM SURE TO MANY! NOW YOU ARE NOT WORTH ANYMORE TIME! :-):-):-)

                    • Antoine

                      Lol

                    • Antoine

                      Lighten up.

                    • Antoine

                      Wah. Go help your grandmother wash up.

        • Sara James

          Read the Police report, or have someone who can read, read it to you. Four out of five of Josh’s victims were his sisters. Live in reality Launa!

      • Raymond

        I agree with Emily; We are all responsible for our own actions; Fathers/Mothers are NOT held accountable for the sins of the sons/daughters. We are each responsible for our own sins.

        • ripleyk

          That is true that Josh should not have his parents blamed for what he did HOWEVER, on the flip side they are terrible parents to his victims that appear to be at least 4 of their daughters! Jim Bob only telling someone when it was going to come out anyway! I can’t imagine how the girls felt about not having parents to protect them but rather protect their son for doing this horrific abuse to them. I can only imagine how Jim Bob and Michelle justified this and have made it seem like sending him away to a “camp” was going to somehow cure him. No wonder these girls are ready to marry the first guy they court/date! I would too if my family was that messed up and if they felt unsafe in their own home with parents willing to judge everyone from same sex couples to women wearing pants but living one big, fat, lie after another. I think it would be in the best interest of the entire family to shut this down NOW! They have no way to explain how their perfect little glass house was crushed when this story came out and the fact that they hid it when the young girls he was touching was his own sisters!!! There are no words for a parent that doesn’t want to protect their own daughters and brushes something like this under the rug by sending him to sleepaway camp! This whole thing is just enough to make any parent, especially those of us with daughters, sick. Shame on them and I hope that there is a way for justice for the girls involved…statue of limitations be damned!

        • tamara

          They are responsible (though maybe without intent) if they havent, from an early age, taught healthy appropriate and realistic social behaviors and beliefs.

      • tamara

        They DIDNT teach self-control. You would have to teach about sexuality first. They teach denial and repression and that sex is bad and not normal unless you are married. Their children are not allowed even a moment alone with their spouses prior to wedding and ALL communicstions, emails, voice messages are parental reviewed? (can you imagine marrying someone you have NEVER had an unmonitored visit or communication with?That teaches that the kids dont have any trust in them or their control over their sexuality. They are also setting up their childrens’ marriages for failure. How do you pick a lifetime mate without one single intimate moment or conversation? AND THEY DIDNT LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE EITHER. They havent changed how they operate. Normal people would say since we have 18 more kids in addition to our oldest (now including four sex abuse victims) we need to figure out what went wrong and change our approach to sexuality. So they work so hard that the kids have their first kiss at the wedding (side hugs and constant supervision etc..) but their wedfing night will not be their first sexuak experince since thst was had pre-teen

    • Rya

      He was a sexual predator. Period.

    • Pam Berryhill Fuqua

      Jen, I was wondering if anyone had the same thoughts as I did. You teach them, they are weak, uncontrollable with a person of the opposite sex, you don’t trust them and you stamp down NATURAL curiosity with non-related females and you create a monster. I would love to see some of these children run.

  • Millicent Dangle

    I’d bet the fifth victim was Cousin Amy. I can’t wait to see how these people attempt to rationalize his behavior…

  • TA

    Wow. The other day when it said there was one person claiming Josh touched inappropriately, I really hoped it was just a case of teenagers being teenagers and Josh taking the fall because the other family didn’t want their daughter to be unpure.
    But 5 victims? And possibly his 4 younger sisters?
    This is awful. Please let this be the beginning of the Duggar unraveling.
    And good for Oprah/Harpo for never airing the interview.

    • KatieKat

      Me too. I figured he was caught making out with a friend or something. This is terrible.

      • Lola

        I thought the same thing. I literally feel nauseous thinking about this.

        • KatieKat

          Me too I really admired the Duggars in SOME way. I actually didn’t believe this until I read the full police report. He admit to doing this to 5 little girls when he was old enough to know the severity of his actions.
          His parents then basically sent him to work to pay for his crimes wtf

    • tamara

      Oprah has always made it clear, her position on sexual abuse and sexual predators. She lives up to her word, she made the report and did not then further sensationalize it. She may well have prevented a much more tragic event from occurring. Now that is a person who has their conscience right with God!

  • KatieKat

    Four of the victims are sisters?! I’m guessing sadly it was Jana Jill Jessa and Jinger.

    • barf

      Ugh, he’s disgusting! Those poor girls.

    • Myndee

      If it was Jana, and they were sending her to help Josh and Anna with the kids, it makes it that much worse. Hey, I’m going to touch youinappropriately and there’s nothing you can do about it AND you get to be our live in unpaid nanny, YAYYYYY! Poor girl, she should have ran when she had the chance

      • KatieKat

        I’m sure momma and daddy duggar taught the girls to forgive their brother Bec that’s what the bible says.

  • Husbands_and_Wives

    I’m not surprised. Maybe this is why Jana is so meek and possibly leery of marriage because she doesn’t want to be touched by a male. Jeez.

    • LailaSymone

      I thought the same thing.

    • Rachel Ferguson

      Me three.. Maybe that why even jinger is in the same boat too. I think that why she doesn’t trust to easily

  • Guest

    That’s disgusting! Shame on TLC for not putting a stop to the show.

  • May

    I’ve never really been a fan of Josh, even in the beginning. He’s always been annoying and kind of weird. This is just plain sick, though!
    I’d honestly prefer if TLC replaced them with the Bates family (since they will need a large family to fill the void). The Bateses seem a lot less secretive and they don’t try to make the public think they’re perfect the way the Duggars do, everybody seems to genuinely love each other be be comfortable around each other, and nobody has that weird robotic way of talking or acting.

    • Evan

      I believe that this is only the beginning. A lot more is coming out & it will not be pretty.

  • Kail

    People are acting so shocked. The founder of their cult/relion molested a bunch of girls. I wouldn’t be suprised if Jim Bob molested his own children..

  • Emily

    He molested his own sisters!!!?? It’s not any better to molest a non-family member, not at all, but these poor girls had to live with him and have to face him for the rest of their lives! And I’m sure the family made them feel like they were equally- or probably more- to blame. They probably told them that they were wearing suggestive pajamas or something and they should have locked their doors or not been sleeping on the couch. This is unforgivable. TLC set the precedent of no tolerance for child abusers by pulling the plug on Honey Boo Boo and if they don’t do the same with The Duggars they are hypocrites in the worst way. AND in this case the abuser is an actual cast member!!

  • Vegasmomma

    Has anyone read the statement the family has released? It’s digusting to see his family defending his behavior.

    • TA

      They released a statement today since the police report has been made public?

      • Vegasmomma

        Yeah. At people magazine online.

        • TA

          I’ve seen it now, it’s all over the internets.
          TLC will have to cancel their show.

          • Vegasmomma

            Yup. It’s sad that his wife making excuses for he did. Waiting for an official announcement from TLC about this.

  • KowardKenyanKlownBOY

    Molesting someone ALWAYS brings them closer to god. Everyone should be molested so they can get closer to god.

    • tamara

      Now i know you are being starcastic!

  • KowardKenyanKlownBOY

    This was all the fault of the girls. They must have been wh0r3s, or
    dressed or acted like wh0r3s. It’s never the fault of the Christian male.

    • Pattipandi

      They were asking for it wearing those long skirts. I mean, why make it so easily accessible?

    • Peace n Rights Lady

      You r a male chauvinistic pig. Do you think the sisters asked to be touched?? He is a pig and a fraud. I feel bad for his wife and kids. She is kind of dumb too, thinking that because she marry Josh, she is going to be fine for the rest of her life. Who doesn’t like a little celebrity treatment n fame??
      Any way she is very fake on tv.

    • tamara

      I hope that is a sarcastic reply!

  • http://collegegirllivin.wix.com/collegegirllivin BC_CollegeGirLivin

    Didn’t I read somewhere that the family was basically condemning Bill Cosby not to long ago for his alleged rape stories, talk about karma. Even if they didn’t mention it, this is still a dose of karma for them. They all try to walk around like they are so perfect and do nothing wrong, and now probably one of the worst crimes you can commit has come to the family. I feel like it is a little ironic with this family always talking about how abortions are wrong even when the woman is molested or raped, and look at this. This whole family is sad and sickening, hopefully TLC does them like Honey Boo Boo. This family should not keep profiting from the show when they are showing wrong morals themselves.

    • Krystianna

      Michelle was speaking out on the anti-discrimination bill that would allow transgender people to use the restroom of whatever gender they identified with by saying “I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?” BUT it’s ok for your daughters to live at home with the “man” who sexually abused them? People in glass houses….

      • Sara James

        Michelle said this knowing full well she gave birth to a child predator. Just sickening! #boycotttlc

      • http://collegegirllivin.wix.com/collegegirllivin BC_CollegeGirLivin

        I remember her statement about that, this family is so backwards. I think it was one of the two daughters who just got married that said something about Bill Cosby. Her words were along the lines of “no matter how much you ask for forgiveness, God doesn’t forgive those kinds of sexual act.” I guess God does forgive incest and any sin the Duggars commit.

  • Charla

    The fakeness and hypocrisy of this family is outrageous!! I said in an earlier board that it was most likely his sisters and went beyond kissing. And the sad thing is, Josh is still around his family and those sisters whom he has assaulted. And he has a daughter! Shameful.

  • TA

    Holy Sh!t, it’s all true. Both Josh and his enablers, I mean, parents released statements and Josh resigned from his position. I was assuming he’d have to, because the other choice was being fired.
    Guess they’re going to head back to Arkansas where he can sell used cars to local bible thumpers that don’t care about child molesting or hypocrites.

  • Mattsmom99

    What would the parents be sexually repressing on a 15 year old. Telling your children to not have sex should be the message ALL parents tell their kids. He was 15. This wasn’t because they weren’t allowed to date. At 15 you shouldn’t BE dating! So many people think this happened because the parents don’t let the kids date and sleep around. No, this happened because a 15 year old boy was sexually curious and took advantage of his sleeping siblings to satisfy that curiosity. This is a child who didn’t understand and/or didn’t respect “boundaries” in general, not just how they pertain to marriage and sex. This is a child who knew he was doing something wrong which is why he waited until the siblings were asleep. The sole responsibility by age 15 rest on the child. The parents WERE teaching boundaries. The child wasn’t listening. And the consequences don’t fit the crime. My guess is none of the girls got counseling at all, if they consider sending this one to “camp” as “counseling”. What Josh Duggar did has nothing to do with whether or not the parents teach abstinence before marriage and everything to do with an individual not having respect for boundaries and individual rights.

    • TA

      I agree with you. These are the acts of someone who has a sickness and needed (and still probably needs) intense therapy and to be removed from their home.
      15 year olds know right from wrong, and they certainly know that touching their sleeping sisters most private areas is wrong.
      Josh Duggar is a predator.

    • tamara

      There is so much more that has to be addressed besides JUST “abstinence”. We know the statistics for teenage pregnancies who have been taught abstinence only (good example: Bristol Palin). Much higher than girls who are given a complete sexual education. You cant just tell teens NOT to do it. They are notoriously rebellious, its almost like a guarantee that they WILL! And any teen CAN do it, its their choice (except maybe a homeshooled, helicoptored Dugger kid). So telling them they cant or giving them a direction such as that is not realistic. It has to be an on-going mutual discussion that has to include reasons why waiting is best. And it cant begin at 16. It has to start younger when they are beginning to form their own opinions, even if they are opposite of their parents views. Pre-teen and early-teenage years are those when kids start to individuate. The reasons why a teen should wait have to be something that a teenager can buy into. And there have to be reasons that resonate to that particular kid. In order to figure that out there have to be mutual discusdions. Only when you know what your teen is thinking and feeling can you bring up the best reason(s) that will make sense to the child. If those reasons dont resonate then they wont come up when faced with temptation.

  • Uska

    Honestly he is a true sex offender (in fact serial offenses which would make him a sexual predator) I am so disgusted that he will never face the humiliation a “non-famous” person will face. The Megan’s law registry, the public shaming, the threats, the jail time, the polygraph… Etc. He is the type of sex offender we need to be socially worried about. I am so sick of the famous getting no penalties to their crimes instead we lean on limitations as an excuse to not face their punishment. The disturbing thing is the family knew!!! The Duggars are no more Christian’s who follow God’s word than I am a millionaire. (Unless I win the lottery or PCH shows up at my house… It’s not likely.) I am disgusted that they hid this vileness until after the limitation dates passed. At least own up to it that, Jim Bob and Michelle hid this to protect their fame status. Also we don’t know if the victims were strangers or family… If it was strangers he is a threat to society and should be marked as one.

    • tamara

      It appears that 4 of 5 were family members, but his threat to society is not lessened by that!

  • DarlinNikki

    He was a kid… in a very strictly religious household probably teaching no self-pleasure. It isn’t an excuse but y’all act like he did this as a grown man. To me… when a kid acts out like this… they have been abused themselves. I think him losing a job or them losing a show over something that happened when Josh was a teenager that he openly admitted to his inlaws and future wife… is beyond ridiculous. IF he were an adult offender … totally different opinion.

    • Charla

      Well since his job is based on high morals and conservatism, he contradicts their message. If he were another male, who didn’t tout his moral superiority, it wouldn’t be a story.

    • TA

      You make me sick, defending his actions and the way they hid it.
      You have a serious mental illness if you don’t think they deserve consequences, like job loss and having the show cancelled.

    • tamara

      Whether child or adult, the behaviors are predatory. And other children have to be protected. To first provide protection there has to be knowledge. The good about this case is the media coverage so everyone knows the possibility is there. The next step is for people to not take any chance, whether you think he has or hasnt been rehabilitated. Err on the side of caution and dont let him be around children unsupervised. The best thing josh could do for the sake of EVRRYONE, would be to submit to a program designed for offenders which usually includes the use of lie detector tests, plethysmograph and other tests that measure arousal, learning of the victim-perpetrator and cycle of violence that leads up to the incident, victim empathy and letter writing, and family therapy that teaches how to not enable the offender and protect other children. No, pastoral counseling doesnt cut it. This is very specialized and quantified therapy. In my opinion as a therapist who works with victims and families, this is the first step in ensuring the safety of others since there will obviously be no prosecution.

  • Pattipandi

    “Moral struggles”? I can see lying, stealing, cheating, substance abuse, but it takes a special kind of mental problem to actually molest your own sisters. Jesus can’t help you with that one.

  • carue

    I read the police report on InTouch. What bothers me besides that he did this disgusting act, is that the girls had not only a male officer to tell what happened to them to.. but isn’t the officer the same one that is in jail now for sicko stuff like this. He prob got a kick of it.

  • pinksock

    Ah I thought the 5th victim was Amy too.
    She lived in Fayetteville and was always around.

    • guest

      Yea right. No one in that family would mess with Amy. Her normalcy scares them.

      • tamara

        She was my first thought too. If she was young, her fear and shame could have easily outweighed any normalness. I think nobody would mess with her now. But its possible that such a situation could result in a person who then learns that they have a right to stand up for themselves. She would have definitely been very outnumbered and vulnerable at that time, even for someone so spirited! Feel so bad for whoever it was that came to babysit that night.

  • Aussie cathie

    Is anyone really surprised? I bet pimpbobs biggest concern at the moment is losing all those$$$$$$ not the fact that the victims are forced to re live it all over again!

  • Shelley

    So he got away with molesting little girls. And the parents permitted him to stay in the household with these little girls, as if they had no trauma at all and he would never do it again. Just like Catholicliclds, treat it lightly, ignor the victims and cover up for the pedophile. But whatever you do, don’t protect the girls! And even the law didn’t protect them, What a sick country we have. Men make ridiculous laws, ridiculous statutes of limitations.

  • penguintruth

    Any family with that many children is sick to begin with. What is this, the 1700s?

  • gaylar60

    so did he quit his DC job?

  • Valerie Bowling

    I am very sorry you are being attacked. I was abused as a child. The fact that you were honest and that your family sought help to support you, is amazing. Don’t listen to all of the terrible people who want to pull your family down. You are good parents. You do all you can for you kids. As for josh, that is a huge mistake and I hope he repented and learned from it. Teenage boys are going through very difficult changes, and I’m sure he is sorry.

    • tamara

      Would you feel differently if the victim were your child? Wouldnt you then be upset that proper channels had not been taken to prevent repeat behavior? It’s not a matter of good or bad. The Duggers dont wish that this had happened. However, if their religion or their personal thoughts become so rigid that sensability is overlooked then they will be allowing for future attacks to occur. This is a horrible thing for any family to deal with, but if such a situation doesnt give caude to re-evaluate and make adjustments accordingly then that is a bad thing. Josh continued to molest even after the first time Jim Bob was informed and thats why families must report and get outside help because you cant be objective when your child has prrpetrated a sexual offense. Specialized help, not generally found within the church (which a good clergy well knows) is necessary. The can provide support, and prayer and guidance but there is extensive history to show that churches of all denominations are just not effective at preventing further abuse. Im not saying that intentions arent good. They just dont have the training or objectivity to do it well.

  • Valerie Bowling

    Not saying it’s OK just saying you are good people and continue to stand up for and be there for each other .

  • Cristina

    The Duggar dynasty is built on a thrown of hypocrisy on the backs of innocent children.

  • deb

    This family makes me sick to my stomach!
    Why the hell do they have a tv show??? The smug look on the father’s face while he impregnates his stupid wife every year is disgusting! Hate everything about ALL of them!

  • Raymond

    I don’t think you should despise the whole Duggar clan for the acts of 2 or 3 ppl in the family. What did the children born after this incident have to do with this? More to the point; you have to remember appx 7 of the Duggar children were either under the age of accountability, and/or not even born; the 19th child is only 5!

  • enoughisenough666

    I’m not at all surprised about what Josh did. Being raised in that strict, religious household would cause problems such as this. Imagine being an adult and trying to have a relationship with another adult, and being forced to have a chaperone around every single minute. That family is beyond sick. I remember when Derick and Jill wanted to call his hospitalized mother to see if she was coming to his wedding, and a**hole Jim Bob asked if there was an appropriate chaperone to accompany them. What man wouldn’t have knocked JB on his ass? I can’t wait for all the skeletons to come out!!!

  • older wiser

    From what I have read everywhere, the media is blowing this up…the Duggars should hire an attorney and sue…First of all, you have a MINOR teenage boy sneaking in with a MINOR girl…he was 14/15 at the time so he was a MINOR also; however, it does not say what the girls’ ages were…they could have been close to his age….it does not say it was one of his siblings as everyone keeps trying to imply…. The victims did not want any of this to come out…however, the media has not respected the victims’ wishes as maybe it was not as bad as everyone says…everyone is calling him a molester, however, I do not see that… I see a teenage boy fooling around with a girl, and a girl having second thoughts about it…. I also see that a legal record of a MINOR that should have been sealed, and then expunged when the involved became 18, had not and was therefore opened to public speculation… And as far as his sisters are concerned, I do not see them coming out publicly and saying they are so scarred from all this and that he did awful things to them, etc. I see girls that are healthy and happy and living Christian lives, with no signs of any bad feelings toward their brother. He is now a grown man with a family of his own…he has tried to live a good life…however, the old thought that sometimes kids do stupid things while growing up and learn lessons from it….well, people are just being stupid…if anyone ever made a stupid mistake while growing up….ever drank a beer or alcohol as a kid—did that make them an alcoholic for the rest of their life? if a kid ever tried drugs—did that make them a drug lord for the rest of their life? if a kid ever stole a piece of candy from a store or took money from their mom’s purse—did that make them an armed robber for the rest of their lives? if they got in a fight with a friend or sibling, did that make them a mass murderer for the rest of their lives? kids live and learn from their mistakes….Josh Duggar was a MINOR teenage kid at the time…we too often expect all children from the time they start school, to be grown adults and make adult decisions all the time…but if they were able to do that, then the legal age would be at 6 or 7 and not 18 or 21…the family dealt with the situation as best as they could..just seems to me that while everyone is paying attention to something that should never have been brought out as it happened during someone’s childhood, there are more important things in the world to worry about…or let everyone’s childhood secrets out to the public…so…how many of you have secrets? who had sex before marriage, or drank before legal age? what does that label you? or how about the parent that caught their kid smoking and grounded them? should you have made a police report because they broke the law as a MINOR and smoked before legal age? or did you handle it in your own home..or how about the MINOR teenager that skips school and is labeled a delinquent…do they learn from their mistakes or are they always to be considered a bad person… ..hmmmmm..shall we throw stones? and then there is Honey Boo Boo situation, who willingly stayed with the ADULT man that molested her child and thinks the situations are the same…what are people thinking?!?! and the media just continues with this as it makes for great headlines and earns them money at the cost of someone else’s life……. shame…shame…shame…

    • tamara

      First of all, report indicates four of the kids have the same address. Isnt it logical that they are his sisters unless the Duggers have four children, not their own, living with them. Be realistic. Second, the victims have been brainwashed that sexuality is bad and if girls dont cover themselves then it is THEIR fault. We can only imagine what other victim blaming probably went on. Including YOUR statement that the victims were “girl(s) fooling around who had second thoughts about it” So of couse the victims are ashamed but they shouldnt be. Contrary to your belief, THEY DID NOTHING WRONG AND HAVE NO SHAME TO BEAR! Would you be ashamed if your bike was stolen? There should be no shame in being a victim, EVER!! Maybe after reading the sympathetic responses they will realize this was not their fault. Dont you think on some level they would be dying to hear those words and NOT “cover yourself”. One BIG flag that you didnt appear to get is that the police report is clear that these were not consensual acts. Therefore it doesnt make it any better if the victims were not his sisters. HE VIOLATED YOUNG GIRLS AGAINST THEIR WILL AND ADMITTED IT. HOW MUCH CLEARER CAN THAT GET FOR YOU? And you cant sue people for spreading the TRUTH! Third, allowing inappropriate predatory sexual behavior to remain secret is breeding ground for it to continue. All the sex offenders that read your comments are Im sure very excited to hear your response. “Yay…keep it secret that way we can keep doing it”. Is that really the side you wish to protect. Fourth, victims of childhood abuse and domestic violence are notorious for being able to look and act happy. “Put on a happy face” becomes their lifetime theme. You cant assume because they are smiling on t v. that this didnt damage them. The best description i ever heard of sexual abuse was MARISKA HARGITAY when she called it “spirit-crushing”. AND FINALLY, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PUT REPEATED SEXUAL OFFENSES TOWARD YOUNGER SISTERS IN THE SAME CLASS OF BEHAVIOR AS DRINKING A BEER OR SNEAKING A SMOKE OR STEALING FROM THE DIME STORE??? REALLY??? Im sure that is comforting to these victims. Dont put your “shame shame shame” on us, put it on Josh and anyone else who allowed it to continue or keeps it hush-hush. Maybe you should consider who really suffers the cost in this, and that is the victims!! Nobody else!

  • Sara James

    They act holier than thou and look what lurked in their closet.

  • anonymous

    I don’t understand why he did this. At least god still loves him. Feel very bad for the girls. Literally he should be pulled from the TV show.

  • fairnanatic

    The Duggar family strikes me as weird but their enemies are are vicious hypocrites celebrating this chance to take the family down. Jessa said she felt a thousand times more victimized by being outed by In Touch magazine than her brothers actions. Anybody care about that? Oh wait, it doesn’t advance the agenda.

  • tamara

    How to leave a message for moderator?

    • Antoine

      Cram it up your behind and hope for the best.

  • anon

    What is worse is that at least 40 % of christians are child molestors.God’s truth.