TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" reality TV star Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the conservative Christian Family Research Council on May 21 amid reports of alleged past sexual abuse incidents from 2002 and 2003.
Duggar issued a non-specific apology on Facebook, which read in part: "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."
Republican presidential candidate for 2016, Mike Huckabee, who the Duggar family recently endorsed, noted Business Insider, came to the Duggar family's defense on his Facebook page on May 22:
"Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, 'inexcusable,' but that doesn’t mean 'unforgivable.' He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities.
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"No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.
"The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand — that being a minor means that one's judgement (sic) is not mature.
"No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility.
"Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed — not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims."
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None of the victims' names have been revealed by the "blood-thirsty media."
According to In Touch Weekly, which cited a 2006 Springdale, Arkansas, police report, which was not destroyed by a judge, Jim Bob Duggar, Josh's father, confronted him about the sexual abuse accusations in 2002, but didn't notify any law enforcement until over a year later in 2003.
The law enforcement officer in 2003 was a state trooper who gave Josh a stern speech, but didn't charge him with any crimes. The same trooper is now serving a decades-long jail sentence for child pornography, according to the report by In Touch Weekly.
When the 2002-2003 sex abuse allegations came up again in 2006, Jim Bob hired lawyers and refused to allow local police to interview Josh, noted In Touch Weekly.
As far as Huckabee's "sought help" claim, the Duggars reportedly sent Josh to what they called a "Christian program" from March 2003 until July 2003, which turned out to be a family friend who owned a home remodeling business in Little Rock, Arkansas.