Josh Duggar admits ‘wrongdoing’ in response to allegations
(KATV.COM) SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Josh Duggar, in an an exclusive statement to People Magazine in response to the allegations, admitted his “wrongdoing” and said he deeply regrets his inexcusable actions as a teenager.
“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,” Duggar stated. “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.”
Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also released a joint statement to People:
“Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.”
Josh Duggar has resigned his position with the Family Research Council.
FRC President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding Duggar’s resignation:
“Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years. Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved.”
ORIGINAL REPORT (4:30 pm.):
A 2006 police report obtained by In Touch Weekly revealed an investigation was opened regarding sexual assault accusations against the eldest son of the Duggar family, known for their TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting”.
According to the In Touch story, the alleged incidents date back to 2002 and say Josh Duggar, who was 14 years old at the time, sexually assaulted four of his sisters and another female. The report states he fondled their breasts and genitals.
All names and ages of the Duggar family members in question have been redacted from the 33-page report on the website.
No charges were filed against Josh Duggar, and according to Arkansas law, the statute of limitations for civil claims must be filed within three years of the discovery of childhood sexual abuse.
Channel 7 News has confirmed Washington County Circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman has expunged all police reports involving Josh Duggar and the alleged incidents that have been filed with the Springdale Police Department. The motion to expunge was filed by one of the victims, only known in the motion as “Jane Doe”, to protect her identity from ever being made known to the public.
Josh Duggar, now 27, is currently an Executive Director of FRC Action in Washington, D.C, which is the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council.
Josh Duggar and his wife Anna have three children and are expecting a fourth.
Channel 7 has reached out to Jim Bob Duggar and the publicist for the Duggar family, but we have not yet received a response.