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Jim Bob Duggar waited over 1 year to alert police to son's sex abuse of young girls

Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors


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Joanna Rothkopf
May 21, 2015 10:20PM (UTC)

On Monday, InTouch reported that anti-gay activist and dad of 19 Jim Bob Duggar had turned his own son Josh in to the police after he sexually assaulted several underage girls.  On Thursday, the same magazine obtained the police report related to the case which reveals that Jim Bob actually waited more than a year before turning his son in.

The Springdale, AR police report, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, also alleges that Jim Bob told members of his church about Josh's offenses, but they also chose to wait months before notifying the police.

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When Jim Bob finally did turn Josh in, he took him to Arkansas state trooper Jim Hutchens who failed to report the case. Hutchens is now serving a 56-year sentence in prison for child pornography.

InTouch reports:

Other bombshells in the police report are: Josh Duggar was investigated for multiple sex offenses — including forcible fondling — against five minors. Some of the alleged offenses investigated were felonies. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were interview by the Springdale Police department on Dec. 12, 2006. The report says that James told police he was alerted in March, 2002 by a female minor that Josh — who turned 14-years-old that month — had been touching her breasts and genitals while she slept. This allegedly happened on multiple occasions. In 2006, Jim Bob told police that in July, 2002 Josh admitted to fondling a minor’s breasts while she slept. “James said that they disciplined (redacted, Josh) after this incident.” The family did not alert authorities...

Jim Bob told police that about nine months later in March, 2003 “there was another incident.” Josh was again accused by a female minor of touching her breasts and genitals. Josh was accused by several minors of touching their genitals, often when they slept, but at times when they were awake.

Instead of telling the police, the Duggar parents sent James to a "program [that] consisted of hard physical work in counseling. James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003." However, it seems like the program Josh attended was not actually accredited -- just a guy they knew in Arkansas who was remodeling a building.

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