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Josh Duggar sued Arkansas DHS in 2007 to stop investigation into his molestation of sisters

The Duggar family refused to comment -- on anything


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 28, 2015 8:17PM (UTC)

According to "In Touch," Josh Duggar filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas Department of Human Services after the agency initiated an investigation into him for molesting five young girls, including two of his sisters.

Even though Springdale, Arkansas police closed their investigation into Duggar in 2006, they still referred the case to the Families in Need of Services agency, which brought in the Department of Human Services. Ninth months into the DHS's investigation, Duggar sued the agency, resulting in a trial in 2007.

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The results of the DHS's investigation and the findings at the trial are both sealed, but an anonymous source close to the case told "In Touch" that Duggar likely "appealed the DHS decision or findings from their investigation," and noted that depending on what those findings were, it's possible that the DHS applied "restrictions or stipulations about him being at home with the victims."

"Josh would be considered an in-home offender, giving DHS the authority to do an investigation. As part of your appeal rights you can request a DHS hearing to challenge what they found and their ruling," the anonymous source added.

When contacted by "In Touch," lawyers for the Duggars refused to comment on the investigation, the lawsuit, the trial, or any possible restrictions placed upon Josh.


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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