According to a police report, Josh Duggar of the TLC hit reality show ’19 Kids and Counting’ was named as the “alleged offender” in an underage sexual abuse probe in which his father, Jim Bob, turned him in for “inappropriate touching” when he was a minor.
The charge was sexual assault in the fourth degree, multiple sources who have seen the police report and are familiar with the case told In Touch.
The report states that Jim Bob brought his son into the Arkansas State Police saying he caught him leaving a young girl’s bedroom and “learned something inappropriate happened.”.
In Touch reports:
A bizarre turn of events prevented police and prosecutors from finishing their investigation and possibly prosecuting. The state trooper who originally took the report about Josh shortly before 2005 never followed up. That state trooper was later convicted on child pornography charges and is serving a 56-year prison sentence.
At that point, the Arkansas State Police then alerted the Child Abuse Hotline about the situation.
The Crimes Against Children Division and Springdale Police Department then got involved.
The three-year statute of limitations had passed and prosecution wasn’t possible so the investigation ended.
“A technicality prevented any further action,” a source told In Touch. “That’s been the biggest regret in all of this.”
Sgt. Darrel Hignite said, “I can’t comment or discuss [this case] because of the sensitive nature and because it involved a juvenile.
“I saw and read the report and it clearly stated that Jim Bob brought his son Josh into the Arkansas State Police and spoke to a state trooper about Josh’s involvement in alleged inappropriate touching with a minor,” another source told In Touch.
Josh is still active on Twitter.
— Josh Duggar (@joshduggar) May 17, 2015
It was just before 2005 that the first report was filed.
Josh, now 27, is a lobbyist for the Family Research Council.
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