Josh Duggar’s Investigation Record Destroyed by Arkansas Police (Report)

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A timeline of the molestation allegations against Josh Duggar.

Investigation records tied to Josh Duggar’s alleged sexual molestation of five girls have been destroyed by Arkansas police, a spokesperson told The Associated Press Friday. “The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record,” Lewis said. In May 2007, an online commenter, known simply as Alice, published a detailed account on a blog at ibiblio.org alleging that Josh Duggar had a history of molesting young girls, PEOPLE reports.U.S. cable network TLC said on Friday it has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting, its top-rated television reality show featuring a large Christian family, after reports surfaced that the eldest son had molested underage girls as a teen. In a rant on a Quiverfull critic’s Facebook page, Carrie Hurd, the wife of Texas minister Patrick Hurd, also referred to Josh’s actions as ‘a little Christian misbehavior’ and said he should be ‘left alone’. Using her husband’s account to address atheist Vyckie Garrison, she wrote: ‘When I was a kid, it was often called “playing doctor”, there were just as many girls initiating this kind of behavior as boys. ‘Most of those never went on to perp horrible things.

The camera then cuts and the eldest Duggar son jokes, “We are from Arkansas!” On Thursday, Josh, his now-wife Anna, and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar responded to allegations that Josh had sexually molested five young girls when he was a teenager. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh said in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. But then the boy next door sneaks into the shed and borrows your new bike; he stunt-rides it up and down the back alley. “On Christmas morning your parents lead you out to the shed to reveal the special gift they bought for you, and as they open the door and say, ‘Surprise!’ they’re just as surprised as you are. Josh Duggar, 27, the couple’s son, issued an apology last Thursday, acknowledging “wrongdoing,” but did not directly address allegations reported by In Touch magazine and other websites. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.

The movie they had chosen to watch had an 18 rating, meaning his sister Jinger Dugger, who had been designated chaperone (in accordance with Duggar family rules about no solo dates pre-marriage), was too young to attend. “We chose Jana and John David – we thought why not, have a double date,” Josh says to the camera, looking jovial. The video clip then cuts to what appears to be him having a laugh with producers of the show. “We are from Arkansas, no?” he adds, with a huge smile on his face. The Democrat-Gazette noted that the details of the report it has reviewed match statements made by the Duggars concerning the unspecified “wrongdoing” for which Josh Duggar has apologized. It has since provoked a storm of criticism on Ms Garrison’s Facebook page, with many accusing Mrs Hurd of defending sexual assault and ‘making excuses’ for a boy who ‘knew what he was doing’.

It looks worse than something you would have bought at a garage sale. “I’m sure you would still be grateful for the bike, and you would have fun riding it, but it won’t be in the condition your parents had hoped and dreamed it would be when you received it. In Touch published the police report, which states that a member of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios received an email that contained the allegations prior to the Duggars’ scheduled on-camera appearance in 2006. Ms Garrison herself told Daily Mail Online on Sunday that Mrs Hurd’s comment had left her ‘flabbergasted’, saying: ‘It was quite a thing to come out with.

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. It was beyond ignorant.’ Facebook user Lynn Beisner responded to Mrs Hurd’s post with the words: ‘The difference between playing doctor and sexual assault is consent.

Period.’ Another, Cat Givens, wrote: ‘Molestation is not the same as “playing doctor”‘, while Tina Littleton said: ‘Who are the people never to be blamed in child molestation cases? May 2002: Jim Bob Duggar, the family patriarch, who served in the state legislature as a representative from 1999-2002, loses a primary bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. What if you happened to be all the way in the back — the last person on the last row — and when the cup finally came to you the speaker asked you to drink out of the cup? March 17 to July 17, 2003: At the agreement of the elders at the Duggars’ church, the report says, the person was sent to a Christian treatment program. However, after she gave birth to her third child, doctors warned her that another pregnancy could kill her due to a health condition, leaving her and her now-former husband forced to employ birth control.

The Duggars built their brand on a slavish dedication to ideals of modesty and purity, keeping their children away from Unwholesome Influences, even to the point of shouting “Nike!” when the family was out for a walk in the presence of a woman who was immodestly attired, in order to get them to stare at their shoes. In 2014, Gothard resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles following allegations of sexual harassment, molestation and failing to report child abuse. A spokesman for the Institute couldn’t confirm or deny to the Democrat-Gazette whether a youth treatment program was in place at the building in 2003. July 2003: According to Jim Bob Duggar’s statement to police, this is the first time that the family tells a law enforcement official about the incidents in their home.

Ms Garrison later shared the news article online, writing: ‘There’s a lesson to be learned here, Carrie. ‘Think twice before you decide to put a former Quiverfull mama in her place. The matter went no further at this time, according to the report, and the corporal told the group who approached him that because they “had already put [redacted] through a treatment program, there was nothing else to do.” That officer, Joseph Truman Hutchens, is currently serving a 56-year prison sentence in an Arkansas Department of Correction facility for child pornography offenses. September 2004: The Duggars star in their first big national television special, “14 Children and Pregnant Again!” The special aired on Discovery Health.

The Duggars did a series of specials from 2004 to 2007 that documented the births of the 15th, 16th, and 17th Duggar children, as well as the family’s move into a larger home. Where you are no longer as good as anybody else?” A teacher had likened women to chewed pieces of gum, and the image stuck with her. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum.

However, authorities only became aware of Josh’s actions in 2006 after Oprah Winfrey’s production team alerted them to an email they had been sent warning the host about the molestation scandal. The producers of Oprah’s show passed along the e-mail to law enforcement. 2007: As Gawker reporter Allie Jones (who, for disclosure, was a past colleague of this reporter at the Atlantic Wire) has written, 2007 is approximately when similar rumors of sexual misconduct begin to appear online, mainly on comment threads and forums that focus on the Duggars. He was never charged with a crime for the incidents as by the time police learned of the offenses the statue of limitations had passed, and his parents did not notify authorities in an official capacity at any point. When all sexuality is a sin, when even holding hands is off limits, there isn’t a clear line between permissible, healthy forms of exploration and acts that are impermissible to anyone, not just the particularly devout.

Sealed cases aren’t supposed to be left in public view, but the Duggar case file had been left in a stack of routine court filings at the circuit clerk’s office. This gospel of shame and purity has the potential to be incredibly harmful because it does away with important lines. (Studies not only suggest that abstinence-only approaches to sex education do nothing to decrease the incidence of sexual behaviors, but also that they can make them riskier and that they deprive kids of the vocabulary they need to discuss when bad things happen.) Patheos blogger Libby Anne writes, “Handling child molestation as ‘sin’ rather than addressing the psychology behind it is a serious problem. February to May 19, 2015: TLC airs the most recent season of “19 Kids and Counting.” One episode features the gender-reveal party for the child Josh and his wife, Anna, are expecting this year.

Some sexual things are normal for a teen to do — say, masturbating — but other sexual things are not typical behavior — say, molesting children — and those things need to be addressed professionally rather than simply as ‘sin’ issues. May 21: In Touch Weekly publishes a follow-up to its original article, this time with a police report online that, it says, details the allegations against Josh Duggar. Failing to do so places other children at risk.” (The whole post is worth a read.) Kay Steiger at ThinkProgress also put it well: When you treat this as a sin instead of a crime, you let everyone down. “Such a message can leave children confused about what is actually harmful behavior and what is merely something of which his or her religion does not approve.

On Friday night, Arkansas police confirmed that they had destroyed the report on Josh after one of his victims came forward and requested the document be expunged from public record.

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