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Former state trooper: Jim Bob Duggar lied to me, said Josh had only molested one young girl

Claims he would have reported Josh's activities had he known the full extent of them, "In Touch" reports


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 27, 2015 9:26PM (UTC)

According to "In Touch," which broke the Duggar molestation and incest story late last week, the disgraced state trooper to whom Jim Bob Duggar reported his son Josh's crime is claiming that the TLC family patriarch only told him about one of act of incestuous molestation.

Former State Trooper Joseph Hutchens -- who is currently serving 56 years in jail on child pornography charges -- told a lawyer for "In Touch" that the reason he didn't report Josh's actions to the child abuse hotline is that Jim Bob only told him about one instance, saying that "Josh had inappropriately touched [redacted] during the time she was asleep," and that "it only happened one time."

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Had he known it happened repeatedly, Hutchens said, he would have reported it to the proper authorities. "If I had to do it over again," he said, "I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made. I thought I could handle it myself."

"I have lost a lot of sleep over it," he told "In Touch." "I am a Christian myself and I worry that something else may have happened. I would be responsible for it, in my opinion, by not reporting it. The young girl should have been my first priority."

Jim Bob actions could, according to some legal experts, lead to charges of child endangerment against the 49-year-old patriarch of the Duggar clan.

However, as Raw Story's Travis Gettys' reported, the statute of limitations on child endangerment charges would have already expired.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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