The non-family member who was molested by Josh Duggar, one of the stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, more than a decade ago is planning to file a civil suit against the reality star, a report says.
“I have heard that a [non-family] victim is preparing to sue,” a law-enforcement insider told InTouch Weekly. “This whole sordid affair with Josh rattled a lot of people, including the victim, who has had to relive this nightmare all over again after watching Josh’s parents go on TV and whitewash what happened.”
The Duggars will face questions about how many years it took them to get Josh and his victims counseling as well as what type of safeguards they put in place in 2002 after first being alerted to Josh molesting female minors. “All the church elders who knew about this will have to be named,” a source tells InTouch. It was revealed in May that Duggar allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with four of his sisters and an additional family victim in 2002, when he was 14, after a 2006 police report came to light.
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When his parents learned of Josh’s behavior, at the advice of their church’s elders, they sent him to live with a family friend for a month. Josh’s father explained the situation to an Arkansas state trooper in 2003, who in turn warned Josh what could happen to him if his behavior continued.
Local law enforcement was made aware of the situation in 2006 through a family acquaintance. Though several family members were brought in for questioning, no charges were filed; and no other incidents involving Josh have been reported. Josh apologized in a statement to People earlier this year:
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.
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h/t: The New York Post
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