TLC viewers began maintaining with Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar and their giant household in 2008. The eldest Duggar sibling, Josh, married Anna Duggar (née Keller) that September, with their courtship and wedding ceremony airing on the collection.
Because the present continued to achieve reputation, Josh came under fire in 2015 after a police report revealed he molested 5 women when he was 14 and 15 years previous.
Josh addressed the controversy in a press release through Fb on the time. “Twelve years in the past, as a younger teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I'm extraordinarily sorry and deeply remorse. I damage others, together with my household and shut mates,” he wrote. “We spoke with the authorities the place I confessed my wrongdoing, and my dad and mom organized for me and people affected by my actions to obtain counseling. I understood that if I continued down this flawed highway that I'd find yourself ruining my life.”
The authorized paperwork revealed that Jim Bob reported the scenario to Arkansas State Police, telling officers that Josh “did handbook labor and had counseling” by means of a Christian program. Former Arkansas state trooper Joseph Truman Hutchens subsequently gave Josh a “very stern discuss,” however “there was nothing else to do,” Jim Bob revealed within the court docket docs.
It was later revealed that 4 out of 5 of Josh’s victims had been his siblings, together with Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar. A number of months later, Josh admitted to dishonest on Anna after web site Ashley Madison was concerned in an information leak in August 2015.
“It was one of many hardest instances of our lives,” Jinger recalled to Us Weekly in April 2021 about Josh’s scandals. “I'll always remember how I felt in that second. And I feel even every thing that occurs in our lives — as a result of we’re within the public eye — it makes it tougher as a result of then it’s not simply coping with this stuff inwardly, however it's important to give a solution to the world. That makes it a a lot harder factor to stroll by means of.”
Josh and Anna are the dad and mom of six youngsters: Mackynzie (born October 2009), Michael (June 2011), Marcus (June 2013), Meredith (July 2015), Mason (September 2017) and Maryella (November 2019). In April 2021, Anna introduced the pair are expecting baby No. 7, a baby girl. Days later, Josh was arrested and was not given the option to post bail until a May 5 hearing. Throughout an April 30 listening to, his lawyer, Justin Gelfand, waived the appropriate to have the costs learn out loud, however the USA Division of Justice confirmed through a press release that he was arrested for possessing child porn.
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