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.”
“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.
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 Change.org 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.”