Does Discovery/TLC have a child molester problem?

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Does Discovery/TLC have a child molester problem?.

FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock. Josh, 28, his pregnant wife Anna, 26,and their three children were seen walking through Washington DC’s Reagan Airport after their flight arrived from Arkansas, smiling and seemingly unaffected by the claims being made about Josh’s past. Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian lobbying group, said Thursday, May 21, 2015, that he has accepted Duggar’s resignation in the wake of the reality TV star’s apology for unspecified bad behavior as a young teen. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A son in the large, Christian family featured in reality television show “19 Kids and Counting” issued an apology and quit his job on Thursday after reports that he molested underage girls when he was a teenager.

According to InTouch, Josh’s father Jim Bob turned him in to Arkansas State Police after ‘he caught him leaving a young girl’s bedroom and learned something inappropriate happened.’ The state trooper who took the report in 2005 however never followed up with Josh, and then was arrested himself and ‘convicted on child pornography charges.’ He is serving 56 years in prison. Josh Duggar, 27, is the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose long-running show on cable network TLC chronicles the daily struggles and triumphs of a conservative family in Arkansas. 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.

The alleged sexual abuse reportedly first came to light in 2006 when Harpo Communications contacted the Department of Human Services Hotline about the Duggar rumors, which Harpo had been informed of by an anonymous tipster ahead of the Duggars’ scheduled appearance on “Oprah.” This isn’t the first time Discovery Communications has had to deal with a reality star scandal. In Touch uncovered a police report that was filed regarding Duggar in 2006, in which he was accused of molesting multiple female minors in 2002 and 2003 when he himself was 14-15 years old. 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. Discovery Communications—which includes channels like TLC, The Discovery Channel, OWN and Animal Planet— has had similar accusations affect several of its shows.

The couple married on in a televised wedding in 2008, and famously saved their first kiss for marriage after a traditional courtship in which they only held hands after they were engaged. TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was shut down after photos surfaced that showed star Mama June spending time with an ex-boyfriend who served time for molesting her daughter. James (better known to TLC fans as Jim Bob) Duggar told police that in March 2002, he was tipped off by an alleged victim that Josh had been “sneaking into” a room at night and “had been touching… the breasts and vaginal areas.” According to In Touch, Jim Bob did not immediately go to law enforcement authorities after his son admitted to some of the molestation claims made against him.

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 Duggar family are staunchly pro-life, trust in God for family planning rather than birth control and are now campaigning for their friend and fellow Arkansas native Mike Huckabee to he President. Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” was cancelled when star Will Hayden was arrested for aggravated rape of a minor, who family members have publicly identified as his own daughter. Before moving to Washington DC almost two years ago to work at the Family Research Council, Josh ran a used car dealership in Arkansas and lived in a small two bedroom house owned by his parents.

A mother who appeared on TLC’s “Cheer Perfection” pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual assault and engaging a child in sexually explicit conduct. They also frequently visit cousin Amy, also 28, their only cousin on Jim Bob’s side of the family and an aspiring singer who was born out of wedlock to Jim Bob’s sister. Josh’s younger sister Jill recently gave birth to grandchild four, son Israel, and daughter Jessa is expecting the sixth Duggar grandchild with her husband Ben, 20. It had all the makings for yet another special for TLC, a network that has only painted the family in Hallmark hues since it started filming the clan in 2008. Public Relations Specialist Ryan McCormick cautioned that the situation could worsen for the network if it turns out someone at TLC was aware of the Duggar allegations before the show was put on the air.

Among the many inflammatory things the Duggars have said about reproductive rights, for example, daughter Jessa compared the Holocaust to abortion on Instagram. Those behind the petition to get the Duggars off the air may finally get their wish, but it will be for reasons that even their biggest critics could not have—and would not have—wanted to imagine.

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