Arkansas Police Destroy Josh Duggar’s Offense Report

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Ark. police destroy Duggar’s record.

Arkansas police have destroyed the 2006 offense report detailing accusations of sexual misconduct against 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar on a judge’s orders, according to the Associated Press. The eldest child of the ever expanding brood, who has apologised following claims he molested five girls more than a decade ago, has already resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, a Christian lobby group following the revelations.TLC is mulling options on how to proceed with their hit reality series in the wake of the Duggar family’s ongoing scandal, including dropping eldest son Josh Duggar from the show, according to TMZ. In a statement, the channel said it was “deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.” The statement didn’t elaborate.

That’s not the only schedule that “19 Kids” has been pulled from — on Friday, TLC announced that it had yanked all episodes of the popular reality show from the air. One is to cancel the show outright, the other is to just go full steam ahead, but there is real talk about continuing without Josh. “Sources say there’s a strong sense axing Josh would not materially hurt the show.

The network’s research is said to have determined that the Duggar daughters have become the show’s “driving force,” with episodes focusing on Jill and Jessa Duggar’s weddings and the birth of Jill’s baby receiving strong ratings. Also on Friday, Arkansas police said they had destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into Duggar, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about the allegations.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which obtained the offense report before its destruction, reports Duggar was accused of fondling five girls in 2002 and 2003. The Duggars are deeply embedded in Arkansas state politics, and several Arkansas Republicans, including former Governor Mike Huckabee, have defended the family. “Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst,” Huckabee wrote in a Facebook post published on Friday. “There was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past,” Huckabee wrote. “Ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims.” I hurt others, including my family and close friends.” He continued: “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. Michelle Duggar, left, holding two-month-old Johannah, along with her oldest son, Joshua, 17, holding 20-month-old Jackson, line up with the other Duggar family members to greet a television crew from Korea at their home in Springdale, Arkansas The report, originally published by tabloid In Touch Weekly, states that a member of Harpo Studios, the producer of Oprah Winfrey’s then show, received an email containing the allegations before the family was set to appear in 2006. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counselling. “I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life… I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions.

It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.” “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. The email warned producers against featuring the family on the program; Harpo Studios’ staff members followed the tip with a faxed a copy of the email to Arkansas State Police. Jon Woods, who has known the Duggars since 2005, said the family had put the issue behind them. “It’s between the family members and was addressed a long time ago but it’s new to the public,” Woods said. “The family had time to heal and now the public needs time to heal.” Last October, TLC canceled a series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family amid reports that her mother, June Shannon, was dating a man with a criminal past. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even very difficult past mistakes.” Their statements come after In Touch published a document obtained from the Springdale police department in Arkansas alleging Josh molested underage girls on multiple occasions.

I was able to say, “Yes” knowing who Josh really is – someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended. If it weren’t for your help I would not be here as his wife — celebrating 6 1/2 years of marriage to a man who knows how to be a gentleman and treat a girl right. Thank you to all of you who tirelessly work with children in crisis, you are changing lives and I am forever grateful for all of you.’ -Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: The show was cancelled last year after photos emerged of star June Shannon, better known as Mama June, with her ex Mark McDaniel.

-Sons of Guns: Gunsmith and former Marine Will Hayden was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl in 2014, forcing TLC to quickly cancel the reality show. That girl was revealed to be his own daughter, and shortly after his other daughter came forward she too had been raped by Hayden when she was 12-years-old. -Cake Boss: Remigio Gonzalez, who was married to the sister of the show’s title character Buddy Valastro, received nine years in prison in 2012 after he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

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