Josh Duggar admits he molested five girls as as a teenager, resigns from anti‑gay Family Research Council
Reality TV story and Christian advocate Josh Duggar has left his post at the anti-gay Family Research Council after allegations of sexual abuse were surfaced by In Touch Magazine.
Duggar, who gained fame as a part of the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting has admitted to committing ‘inexcusable’ acts in the past against as many as five young girls.
“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, told 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.”
Duggar then went on to detail the events from his perspective, saying he told his family and friends about what happened, and he sought counseling afterward.
Duggar is an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, and spoke recently at a anti-same-sex marriage rally in DC (pictured above) where he told a crowd of several thousand “every child deserves a mother and a father.”
“You don’t have to compromise your convictions to be compassionate,” Duggar said in front of the Capital Building. “The court has the opportunity to affirm what these states and many others did in preserving marriage in their state constitutions – they need to respect the freedom of the people to debate this crucial issue.”
Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors. Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies.
Jim Bob (James) 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.
Jim Bob told police that about nine months later in March, 2003 “there was another incident.” Josh was again accused by a female minor of touching her breasts and genitals. Josh was accused by several minors of touching their genitals, often when they slept, but at times when they were awake.
Jim Bob then “met with the elders of his church and told them what was going on.” No one alerted the police or any other law enforcement agency. Instead they decided to send Josh to a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling. James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.”
Michelle Duggar later admitted Josh didn’t get counseling, but was sent to stay with a family friend for a period of time, who she said was “kind of” a mentor.
The Duggar family went out on the campaign trail in 2013 and campaigned for then Gubernatorial nominee and former VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
She’s seeking $500,000 for emotional and physical damages.November 20, 2015
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