Yesterday, we reported that the Duggar family from the Christian reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting was in hot water after it was revealed that their oldest son Josh had been accused of molesting young girls ten years earlier.
Now, Josh Duggar has confessed to sexually abusing five young girls, four of whom were shockingly his own sisters. The 27 year-old married father of four released a statement on Thursday in which he admitted what he had done:
“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.”
This statement was quickly followed by one from his parents, who allegedly covered up their son’s crime:
“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.
Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us – even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey – the good times and the difficult times – cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”
A newly surfaced 2006 police reports reveals that the then 14 year-old Josh confessed to his father that he had molested five young girls. Family patriarch Jim Bob then waited more than a year before calling police, and has since tried to cover up the entire thing.
Josh got a break when the officer who had took his report never investigated it. This officer was later arrested for possession of child pornography, and is now a registered sex offender.
Since the backlash, Josh has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council. There is no word on whether 19 Kids and Counting will be cancelled.
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