Judge orders Duggar’s record destroyed

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The Springdale, Ark., Police Department has destroyed Josh Duggar’s record pursuant to a judge’s order. 19 Kids and Counting reality television personality Josh Duggar and family have been at the center of a troubling scandal since the 27-year-old father of three admitted, in a statement to People magazine earlier this week, to molesting five underage girls during his teen years. Normally, records are kept indefinitely.(Photo: D Dipasupil, Getty Images for Extra) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas police have destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into reality TV star Josh Duggar, a spokesman said Friday, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about sexual misconduct allegations from when he was a juvenile. But now, those who are seeking answers are even further from finding them, since the Springdale Police have confirmed to Us Weekly that they have destroyed any and all copies of the investigation records, pursuant to an order to expunge, signed by local circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman. On Friday, following public outcry, Discovery Communications, which owns TLC, confirmed that they were pulling all episodes of the reality show from the air.

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. 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. The record reportedly contained a detailed account of Duggar fondling the breasts and genitals of the female minors, but an Arkansas newspaper that had acquired a copy of the record reported that it had been heavily redacted and did not disclose the names of the minor victims. The parents, Josh’s wife, and others – including people like Mike Huckabee – call it a “mistake.” For box-christians, everything must fit neatly in a box, and that box allows for “mistakes” within that system, mistakes that don’t threaten that system. The same is true with pastors and priests caught with their pants down, who are buttoned up and moved on, with no real concern for the children involved.

Mom Michelle made headlines herself in 2014, when she asked residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas to protest an anti-discrimination city ordinance, arguing that “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.” (Fascinating.) But eldest son Josh has perhaps been the most politically visible of late, making the Republican rounds and sharing photos of himself posing with party heavyweights on Twitter. The Olsens are too busy raiding the closets Miss Havisham and witches everywhere, designing clothes for their label Elizabeth and James, and swimming in money.

After telling dad Jim Bob about his actions, his father opted not to go to police for more than a year, placing him instead in a Christian program that provided counseling and made him do physical work. 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.

There’s no time to show up on set and say, “You got it, dude.” [Us Weekly] Chris Pratt addressed the rumor that he might be playing Indiana Jones in the upcoming remake. When police were finally tipped off to the alleged abuse, and some believe folks from the Oprah Winfrey show can be thanked for that, their investigation and the documents that resulted from it, weren’t filed until 2006. I remember feeling that same shock,” she admitted via Facebook. “When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes.

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. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn’t know why he was sharing it,” she said. “For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even every difficult past mistakes.” He wouldn’t say whether or not he was cast, but instead talked about his fandom in that sweet, goofy, man-child thing that he’s really perfected “You don’t want to be the guy who fucks that up,” Pratt said. Considering the unfortunate fact that Duggar will not have to pay for what he did to these girls, it shouldn’t be surprising that at least one of the women want the court docs to be destroyed — after all, what good will it do for these victims to be exposed and hounded by reporters if they can’t benefit from true justice in court?

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar attended the kickoff event earlier this month for Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee, who supported the family in a Facebook post on Friday. “Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims,” Huckabee wrote. That fucking dude!’ What has happened in my life that you can see THAT?!” Probably a rhetorical question, but the answer is a mad workout routine and Peter Quill. [Entertainment Weekly] Here are some photos from the Wet Hot American Summer prequel with Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler. Of course, when the girls are young and caught up in that system, they will feel whatever they are told to feel, sublimating their authentic feelings because there is no place to bring them out – but if they are able to unpack their wounds outside of that fearful system, I wonder what they would say?

That has been confirmed with the media coverage that has that same focus and talks primarily about Josh, his family and his ability to continue to do his work “on behalf of the family.” Do “box-christian counselors” tell LGBTQ people that they are wrong and must change, because they believe it’s a sin? And TLC confirmed the network is reportedly pulling 19 Kids from its lineup after ad giants like General Mills wisely realized it wouldn’t be in their interest to associate with the family at this time. 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? Yes, there are people who sincerely believe homosexuality is wrong, and who even think they’re helping gay people by trying to make them “overcome those attractions,” as Duggar’s group aspires to do. They said in the parents’ statement, “we tried to teach him [Josh] right from wrong.” They taught right and wrong according to their system, but with no reality beyond that.

Their “Christianity” – the religious, non-affirming, behavior-focused Christianity – is immeasurably far from the truth, life and heart of Jesus. 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. 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. 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.

In their statements to People, the Duggars spoke of Josh’s past wrongdoing as ‘past teenage mistakes’ and spoke of growing closer to God through it. 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.

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. There is also evidence that using accurate medical terms to educate children in an age-appropriate way can be effective at allowing children to report abuse when it happens to them.” The account of what happened and how it was handled — failing to report the incidents promptly to authorities?

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