Josh Duggar, who previously appeared in TLC actuality present 19 Youngsters and Counting, was arrested Thursday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace in Arkansas on unspecified prices. He’s presently being held with out bond.
In 2015, Duggar admitted to sexually molesting 5 underage women 13 years prior, when he was solely 14. He additionally revealed that two of these women have been his youthful sisters, Jill and Jessa, and he conceded to a porn habit and dishonest on his spouse, which rocked the household’s robust Christian fanbase.
In a message posted on Fb on the time, Duggar wrote: “I acted inexcusably for which I’m extraordinarily sorry and deeply remorse. I damage others, together with my household and shut pals.”
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He sought remedy at a faith-based rehabilitation centre following the confession, however no prices have been ever filed in opposition to him. He additionally resigned from his function as a lobbyist for a corporation known as the Household Analysis Council, which describes itself as “advancing religion, household, and freedom in public coverage and the tradition from a biblical worldview.”
“Again 12 years in the past our household went by one of the vital tough instances of our lives,” stated his dad and mom Jim Bob and Michelle in a joint assertion on the time. “When Josh was a younger teenager, he made some very dangerous errors and we have been shocked. We had tried to show him proper from unsuitable. That darkish and tough time brought about us to hunt God like by no means earlier than.
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“Regardless that we might by no means select to undergo one thing so horrible, every one in every of our relations drew nearer to God. We pray that as folks watch our lives they see that we’re not an ideal household. Now we have challenges and struggles daily. It is among the causes we treasure our religion a lot as a result of God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are prolonged to us — though we’re so undeserving. We hope by some means the story of our journey — the great instances and the tough instances — trigger you to see the kindness of God and study that He can convey you thru something.”
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TLC cancelled the present following Duggar’s revelations, after a extremely profitable run from 2008 till 2015. (The community has aired one other Duggar-related present, Counting On, since late 2015.)
On-line data present that Duggar was booked and positioned on a federal maintain at Washington County Detention Heart in Fayetteville, Ark. Below the fees heading, the data state, “maintain for different dept.” Authorities haven’t acknowledged why he was arrested, however have confirmed he was arrested by Homeland Safety.
Extra just lately, the 33-year-old confronted an actual property lawsuit in 2019. Native studies say he was accused of fraud and contract breach; he apparently misplaced the case after failing to seem in court docket.
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His administrative center, a automotive dealership in Arkansas, was raided by Homeland Safety in late 2019, however it’s unclear if Duggar was implicated in that investigation. It’s additionally unknown if that raid is expounded to his present arrest.
Final 12 months, Duggar reportedly misplaced a civil lawsuit over a property title dispute.
His arrest Thursday passed off mere days after asserting that he and his spouse, Anna, predict their seventh youngster collectively. They’re already dad and mom to Mackynzie Renée, 11, Michael, 9, Marcus, 7, Meredith, 5, Mason, 3, and Maryella, 1.
Duggar is predicted to seem in entrance of a choose on Friday.
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