This story just keeps getting uglier all the time. As we already discussed here, TLC hit reality show '19 Kids and Counting' star Josh Duggar was turned in by his father at the age of 17 as the "alleged offender" in an underage sexual abuse probe. According to a newly released police report, it took him over a year to do it.
Jim Bob Duggar waited more than a year after his son, Josh, confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police, In Touch Magazine is reporting exclusively, based on information contained in the official police report.
What’s more, Jim Bob informed the elders of his church about Joshua’s actions and they waited three months before contacting authorities. The explosive new information is contained in a Springdale, Ark., police report obtained by In Touch magazine.
The report has been hidden since 2006 and was just obtained by the mag through a Freedom of information Act request. Jim Bob also refused to allow police to interview Josh when they opened a felony investigation in 2006. The Duggars star on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting. [...]
Other bombshells in the police report are: Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors. Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were interview by the Springdale Police department on Dec. 12, 2006. The report says that James 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. 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. Read on...
Duggar has now resigned at the FRC: Duggar Family Spawn/Family Research Council Top Lobbyist Resigns over Molestation Charges:
Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the 19 kid Duggar family, has resigned his post as executive director of FRC Action, the political and lobbying arm of the far-right Family Research Council, over multiple alleged molestation incidents which took place when he was a teenager. The Duggars, in the unlikely case you're not familiar with them, are the subjects of a long running reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, chronicling their lives as an evangelical family raising 19 biological children from more or less nonstop child-bearing by matriarch Michelle Duggar.
The family has also served as semi-official mascots of the pro-life and anti-gay rights movements in the United States. The FRC is classed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Josh Duggar is an outspoken advocate of discrimination against gays and lesbians. This evening the FRC posted the following statement on its website ...
"Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years.
"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved," concluded Perkins.
Both Josh Duggar, the now-resigned executive director of FRC Action, and his parents and even his wife have now released statements admitting to the truth of the allegations. What's not entirely clear though is just what happened. No charges were ever brought against Josh Duggar. And father Jim Bob apparently would not allow his son to be interviewed by police when they finally opened an investigation three years after the incidents occurred.
And as Raw Story reported, demands are growing for TLC to cancel their show:
According toHollywood Life, that prompted calls for his show, 19 Kids and Counting, to be cancelled.
While the outcry is not a formal campaign, a search of Duggar’s name on Twitter shows several users lobbying The Learning Channel, which broadcasts the program, including progressive blogger JoeMyGod:
Now that he's left the Family Research Council, how long before Scott Walker:
...or Mike Huckabee decide to distance themselves from the Duggars?