A year or two ago, I was on a 19 Kids and Counting message board (yes, go ahead and join God, Jesus and everybody else in the section marked “I’m Judging You For That”) and I read about how Josh Duggar, the first kid to fly out of Michelle Duggar’s tennis ball machine punane 27 years ago, was accused of wrong stuff involving a minor. Well, InTouch Weekly claims their “sources” have seen the receipts. I better work on my shock face, because I’ll need to make it tomorrow morning when I turn on Today and see Michelle Duggar trying to sweep this story under the rug by announcing that she’s knocked up with triplets she’ll name Jalopy, Jerky and Jem (she better not).
InTouch says that in 2005, a 17-year-old Josh was brought into a police station in Arkansas by his dad Jim Bob Duggar, who said he caught his son sneaking out of a young girl’s bedroom. InTouch doesn’t say how old the girl was or who she was. Jim Bob learned that “something inappropriate” happened and immediately put his son in front of the police to face the law. An investigation was opened and Josh faced charges for “sexual assault in the fourth degree,” but since the world is sometimes a shitty, shitty place it went nowhere thanks to the state trooper who originally took the police report. The state trooper never followed up on it. I’m taking that to mean that the state trooper, shrugged, said “meh” and pushed the case to the side, because that same officer was later convicted on child pornography charges. The officer is currently serving a 56-year sentence in prison. So yeah, the officer investigating the alleged child molestation case turned out to be a pedo. I almost said, “Only in Florida,” out loud and then I realized this mess happened in Arkansas.
When the state trooper was discovered to be a card carrying member of the PedoBear Club, someone from Arkansas State Police told the Child Abuse Hotline about the Duggar case that was collecting dust. But again, because the world is sometimes a shitty, shitty place, the statue of limitations (which was only three years at the time) had already passed and so the police were unable to continue the investigation. InTouch’s source said:
“A technicality prevented any further action. That’s been the biggest regret in all of this.” (The statute of limitations has since been lengthened.)
Arkansas State Police refused to comment about the case since it involved a minor. In Arkansas, the age of consent is 16.
Josh currently lives in DC with his wife Anna and their three kids (they have a fourth on the way). He works as a spokeswhore for the Family Research Council, because of course.
This is the Duggars we’re talking about, so “something inappropriate” could mean that Josh and the girl front hugged or he bought her a jean skirt that didn’t touch her feet. But then again, it could be something more serious since the police opened up an investigation and Jim Bob risked his community finding out by dragging his son to the cops.
First the Mama June situation and now this. Oh, TLC, you really know how to pick ’em.