NORTHWEST ARKANSAS – The Duggar family released this statement on their official Facebook page.
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS – People Magazine reports that Josh Duggar has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of sexual assault accusations becoming public.
In the People article, Josh released the following statement:
“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,” Josh, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “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’s parent, Jim Bob and Michelle released this joint statement:
“Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”
Josh’s wife Anna also said the following to People:
“I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock. When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even every difficult past mistakes.”
You can read the full article HERE.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — A national television program is reporting a Duggar family member was under investigation more than a decade ago for alleged sexual assault.
Josh Duggar, whose well-known family from northwest Arkansas stars in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” was the subject of the investigation, reports celebrity gossip website TMZ.
The TMZ story cites a police report which states that Duggar, 14, at the time of one incident, fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping. There was another reported incident 9 months later.
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — A national tabloid magazine is reporting one of the Duggars was investigated for sexual assault. The family lives in Tontitown and gained national fame through the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting.
This week’s issue of In Touch Weekly magazine claims Josh Dugger was turned in to Arkansas State Police for inappropriately touching a young girl. The magazine says it happened in 2005, when Josh was a minor, and that his father Jim Bob Duggar turned him in. The story goes on to say there were no charges filed.
Through the Freedom of Information Act, KNWA requested ASP investigation records to confirm whether this report is true. But, because this falls under the Crimes Against Children Division , ASP says no records are available.
Josh Duggar is now married with children and lives in Washington, D.C., where he works for the Family Research Council. KNWA also reached out to the FRC for comment on this story, but our emails were not returned.
CLICK HERE to read the In Touch Weekly story.