NEWSFLASH: Josh Duggar Sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services after the Agency Investigated His Sexual Molestation Case

Josh-Duggar-640x362By Elaine Magliaro

In Touch Weekly reported this morning that Josh Duggar’s molestation case didn’t end when Springdale, Arkansas police “closed their investigation in 2006 because the statute of limitations had run out.”

According to In Touch, Springdale police “referred the matter to the Families in Need of Services agency, which has jurisdiction over minors. The Department of Human Services (DHS) was then brought into the case.” Nine months later, Josh Duggar reportedly sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services. In Touch reported that a “trial was held on August 6, 2007.”

Joan Shipps of Raw Story reported that although the “Springdale police declined to prosecute Josh Duggar for molesting several girls — including some of his sisters — in 2006, the department referred Duggar’s file to the state’s Families in Need of Services agency, a body that monitors criminal cases against juveniles.” She said that Families in Need then informed the Arkansas’ Department of Human Services of the allegations against the former star in TLC’s hit reality show, “19 Kids and Counting.”

In Touch said that the “results of the investigation into the Duggars and Josh’s trial are sealed.” A source who was familiar with the Duggar investigation told In Touch that it was likely that Josh “appealed the DHS decision or finding from their investigation.” The source noted that DHS had the authority to apply “restrictions or stipulations about him being at home with the victims.”

In Touch:

“Josh would be considered an in-home offender, giving DHS the authority to do an investigation. As part of your appeal rights you can request a DHS hearing to challenge what they found and their ruling.”

The Duggars are refusing to comment on the intervention by either department and Josh’s trial against DHS. They also are refusing to say if their family was monitored by a state agency after the 2007 actions and forced to undergo counseling by a licensed mental health professional.

Raw Story:

Born on March 3, 1988, Josh Duggar would have been 19 years old at the time of his trial. ArkansasOnline points out that one of Duggar’s victims is still a minor. Even if the survivor is nearing 18 years of age, she would have been at most 9 years old during the summer her brother appeared in court to defend himself against years of sexual assault charges.

A petition calling for further legal scrutiny of the Duggar family began circulating on Monday, and had garnered more than 1,000 signatures by Wednesday afternoon. The petition calls on the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas state police to “launch a formal investigation into 19 Kids and Counting,” as well as the Duggar parents, “for not reporting child molestation.”


REVEALED: Josh Duggar sued Arkansas in 2007 because they investigated his sexual assaults (Raw Story)


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24 Responses to NEWSFLASH: Josh Duggar Sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services after the Agency Investigated His Sexual Molestation Case

  1. That shuffling noise you hear in the distance? That’s not the Zombie Apocalypse. That’s Discovery Networks executives positioning themselves as far from the Duggar clan as possible and looking for someone to fire for buying the show in the first place.

  2. Elaine M. says:


    Here’s one for you:

    Trooper Who Did Not Report Duggar Abuse Listed ‘Kinki Kids’ As Online Interest
    By Hilary Hanson

    The Arkansas state trooper who reportedly gave the young Josh Duggar a “very stern talk” once had a Yahoo profile in which he detailed his own sexual interest in children, according to a 2009 court document.

    The Pulaski County, Arkansas, “risk assessment” document, which is publicly available online and was posted by Jezebel on Wednesday, detailed the criminal history of the former officer, Joe Hutchens, who is now serving a 56-year sentence on child porn charges.

    When Hutchens was still working as a trooper in 2006, Jim Bob Duggar approached him with the information that the teenaged Josh had sexually molested someone, according to a police report obtained by InTouch. Josh had, in fact, “forcibly fondled” five underage girls, some of whom were his sisters. Hutchens did not officially report the teen’s actions but instead gave him a “very stern talk,” the report said.

  3. This just keeps getting . . . well . . . “better” isn’t exactly the right word, is it, Elaine.
    Twisted? Sad? Disgusting?
    This may even merit a neologism.

  4. bettykath says:

    It wasn’t all about Josh, it was about the safety of his sisters.

  5. Elaine M. says:



  6. Of course that is the primary issue here, bk.
    It’s important to keep our eyes on that ball rather than let the sideshows of the coverup and the blatant hypocrisy crowd out the matter.
    Protecting the children from a sexual predator in their midst should have been priority one.
    For any sane parent, it would have been.

  7. Oooo. I like it, Elaine. 😀
    Both a neologism and a pun.

  8. blouise says:

    Just to remind all those distancing network executives and viewers:

    A headline from a year ago
    May 29, 2014

  9. Elaine M. says:

    bettykath says:
    May 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm
    It wasn’t all about Josh, it was about the safety of his sisters.


    Evidently, the welfare of Josh’s sisters didn’t appear to be of great concern to his parents. They sat on the knowledge that Josh had molested some of them for a year. I wonder if they got counseling for their daughters.

  10. rafflaw says:

    Their arrogance is amazing.

  11. I. Annie says:

    Maybe the girls had a lock on their door at night? But then there was the younger group. Maybe grandma slept in their room as guardian. Maybe that’s why he was married off so young, to get him out of the house legitimately. Maybe they are frauds.

  12. “Duggary” was precisely the first word to come to my mind. He’s a pretty good writer. If he did by some odd chance steal my thunder, I’ll take it as imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Dan Savage doesn’t strike me as a thief though, B., so I’ll go with thinking alike.

    (Curse you, Dan Savage! First Daniel Craig steals my woman and now you steal my word! I’ll get you next time! muahahahaMuHaHaHaMUAHAHAHA!)

    I’m sorry.

    Did I think that out loud?

    Damn. :mrgreen:

  13. bron98 says:

    what did the british say about rum, duggary and the lash? whoops I meant buggary.

  14. bettykath says:

    gene, lol

  15. Bob Kauten says:

    I suppose that if you have 19 kids, keeping track of who’s doing what to who can be difficult.
    If you’ve had 19 children, you’re certainly not intelligent enough to be able to count them.
    Let’s cut the Buggars a little slack, here.

  16. Bob Kauten says:

    Oh, bugger!
    I meant ‘Duggars,’ of course.
    My bad.

  17. bettykath says:

    Gene, It’s catching on. From comments re: Ginsburg poem that got a teacher fired, “Majority of teens could care less. total yawn. Mom, Dad, they care, they know how this will all end up……………………………………………………… DUGGARY!”

  18. pete says:

    I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around the idea of having 19 kids. That, and why would anybody want to watch a TV show about it.

  19. pete says:

    If you had 19 cats somebody would call animal control on you.

  20. I still liked “skulduggary”. No offense Gene, I just like the inference of clandestine and forbiddenness in an old term. “Duggary” is catchy though.

  21. No offense taken, Caitlyn. I liked Elaine’s take better too. I’m such a language geek I couldn’t resist a neologistic pun if I wanted to.

    Although I’m still going to get that Dan Savage person!

    (shakes fist in air and wanders off muttering something about “that damn Daniel Craig” and “what’s the deal with avocado pits”)

  22. bettykath says:

    Former police chief Richard Burton of Habersham County, Georgia and his wife Cheryle Burton faced 28 counts of child cruelty, including molestation, and yet they will only be serving 25 weekends in prison for their heinous crimes – admittedly because he was a cop.

    The former Mt. Airy, Georgia, officer and his wife adopted four children in 2004 and forced them to endure years of torture, confined to a small room with boarded up windows, and only fed cold scraps of the couple’s leftovers. The children say they were beaten, molested, and tortured during their time with the Burtons and still carry emotional and physical scars from the abuse.
    Prosecutors in Wisconsin announced Tuesday that they will not press charges against the white Madison police officer who shot and killed a biracial teenager, Tony Robinson, in March.

    “Getting hit in the head with a wooden paddle, being swung around the room, throwing us on the walls — we had to stand upside down on the corner on our heads,” one of the boys told WFMY. “We had to eat noodles and they would put leftover food that they didn’t want into our pot of noodles…We didn’t have warm food, it was cold from the refrigerator.”

    Eight long years after their adoption, the children were finally rescued from the house of horrors when one escaped in 2012 and went to the police. The couple was initially charged with 28 counts of abuse, but in a shocking deal they pleaded guilty to only four counts of child cruelty.

    Thanks to this deal, the couple will avoid a felony criminal record and Richard Burton will not be added to the sex offender registry. The couple was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but will only serve 50 days — 25 consecutive weekends — in prison. The rest of their sentence will be served on probation.

    To make the case even more shocking, Chief Assistant District Attorney Eddie Staples has admitted that the light sentence is partly due to Burton’s career in law enforcement.
    The official response of Georgia police officers who threw a flashbang grenade into a baby’s crib, severely burning and nearly killing him, has been to blame the baby for criminal conduct.

    “The witness list for the defense included law enforcement officers from this community,” Staples told WFMY. “Those are the people we go into court everyday and tell the jurors, ‘These are credible people.’ And they were going to come and testify to Richard Burton particularly, but the Burtons’ good character.”

    Habersham County law enforcement made headlines last year when a SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade into a toddler’s crib while raiding a home in search of a suspect who was not there. The grenade blew parts of the 19-month-old’s face off and exposed the bones in his chest. The child spent weeks in a medically induced coma, and the settlement provided by the department will not cover the medical expenses despite their nearly fatal error.

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