Josh Duggar Quits Job As Past Sex Abuse Allegations Surface

| by Michael Allen

Reality TV star Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the pro-Christian, anti-gay Family Research Council today amid reports of past allegations of sexual abuse involving up to five minor females.

TMZ reports that some of the alleged underage victims were Josh's sisters who appeared with him on the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting."

According to a report by In Touch Magazine, the alleged incidents happened in 2002 and 2003.

Citing a Springdale, Arkansas, police report via a Freedom of information Act request, In Touch Magazine claims that Jim Bob Duggar, Josh's father, told the elders of their church about the alleged abuse in March 2003.

The church elders and Jim Bob didn't call the police, but reportedly put Josh in a "Christian program" that included work and counseling from March 2003 until July 2003.

However, Michelle Duggar, Josh's mom, later admitted to police in 2006 that it wasn't a real counseling program, but rather a family friend who owned a home remodeling company in Little Rock, Arkansas.

After Josh returned home in July 2003, Jim Bob reportedly took him to see Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens who gave Josh a "very stern talk," but didn't charge him.

In a bizarre twist, Hutchens is currently serving a 56-year jail term after being convicted for child pornography.

In Touch Magazine added, "Josh’s name is redacted from the police report but In Touch has confirmed the passages that refer to him."

The alleged 2002-2003 incidents remained under wrap until 2006 when the Duggars were supposed to appear on Oprah. The TV show got an email about the allegations from an unidentified 61-year-old female.

Oprah's production company notified authorities, which led to a December 2006 investigation by the Springdale, Arkansas, police.

However, Jim Bob allegedly lawyered up and refused to allow the police to question Josh.

Police interviewed several of the victims in December 2006 who reportedly said that Josh had touched their sex organs and breasts.

Jim Bob and Michelle told the police that Josh had apologized to the female victims who had forgiven him.

Jim Bob added, "Several members of their church were aware of the situation and had been supportive of the family."

The three-year statute of limitations had expired, so the police dropped the case.

Josh released a statement today to PEOPLE:

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 counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.

Jim Bob and Michelle said in a joint statement to PEOPLE:

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.

Josh's wife Anna said in a separate statement:

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. For Josh, he wanted not just me but my parents to know who he really was – even every difficult past mistakes.

However, some fans of the Duggar's reality TV show "19 Kids & Counting" are calling on TLC to cancel the series, notes reports that Josh and Michelle vocally opposed a LGBT non-discrimination bill in Fayetteville, Arkansas, last year on the basis of protecting children in the state.

Josh also spoke at rallies against same-sex marriage in Arkansas (video below).

Sources: In Touch Magazine, TMZ, PEOPLE,,
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