A Popular U.s. Reality Tv Star Has Resigned From Christian Watchdog Group The Family Research Council Following Allegations He Molested Several Young Girls, Including Members Of His Own Family.
Josh Duggar, the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and one of the stars of hit family show 19 Kids And Counting, allegedly has a history of molesting, sexually assaulting, and "forcibly fondling" young girls, according to a 33-page police report obtained by In Touch Weekly magazine.
Responding to the leaked information on Thursday (21May15), Duggar released a statement to People, in which he appears to confess to the accusations.
The statement reads: "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.
"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 counselling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."
The disturbing police report suggests the 27 year old spent many of his teenage years victimising minors, including his sisters.
It also features an extract, which details Jim Bob Duggar's admission that one of his children had reached out to him in 2002 and told him that he had been "sneaking into" his sisters' room at night and had been "touching" them on "the breasts and vaginal areas" while they were sleeping. The names of the then-minors were redacted throughout the report.
One of the Duggar children also claimed her older brother fondled her while she was seated on his lap reading a book, while another accuser alleged he put his hands under her dress in the laundry room.
According to the report, Jim Bob met with church elders about the problem and decided to send the molester, who is not named in the report, to a "Christian ministry" programme that consisted of "hard physical work and counseling", but the Duggar matriarch later revealed there was no counselling involved and that the accused was simply sent to live with a family friend who was remodelling a home.
Josh Duggar is married and expecting his fourth child with his wife Anna, who claims her husband confessed his regretful actions to her before they were married.
She says, "I can imagine the shock many of you are going through reading this. I remember feeling that same shock... When my family and I first visited the Duggar home, Josh shared his past teenage mistakes. I was surprised at his openness and humility and at the same time didn't know why he was sharing it.
"(I know) who Josh really is - someone who had gone down a wrong path and had humbled himself before God and those whom he had offended... Someone who had received the help needed to change the direction of his life and do what is right."
Duggar's parents released their own statement on Thursday. It reads: "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.
"Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day."
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