Following InTouch Weekly's report, the Duggars released a family statement through their official Facebook account and Josh Duggar released an apology for his behavior.
According to the police report, one of the victims stated that in March, 2002, one of the female victims notified Jim Bob that Josh was molesting her by fondling her breasts and genitals while she was sleeping. The police report indicates a pattern of this behavior with other incidents occurring in other settings. Josh admitted to his parents his behavior and the Duggars attempted to correct him through discipline, and focusing on his relationship with God. The approach did not work as in March, 2003, another victim came forward to alert Jim Bob that she was being sexually molested by Josh. There is no way to determine exactly how many incidents took place throughout this time and some of the victims say they were half asleep during the abuse.
After the March 2003 incident, Jim Bob Duggar reportedly brought the matter up to his then church, First Baptist. Radar Online reported that some of the incidents took place at the church.
What has been determined; however, is that neither the church nor any church worker who was aware of the incestuous molestations called authorities to report it and ensure files were charged. They did suggest that Josh Duggar undergo some sort of treatment, but he was never seen by a professional or received counseling by someone experienced in treating juvenile sex offenders, those involved in incestuous relationships or people dealing with pedophilia. He stayed with someone described as a friend of the family for several months, then was believed cured when he returned to the family. This "treatment" lasted from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003. Michelle Duggar described the friend as kind of a "mentor" to Josh Duggar.
According to the InTouch report, Jim Bob, Josh and a church member spoke to a friend who was an Arkansas State Trooper named Jim Hutchens. Hutchens did not report the abuse but spoke about the potential consequences Josh Duggar could face from molesting children. It turns out that Hutchens, the state trooper who was advising Josh Duggar, is now serving a 56-year prison sentence for child pornography charges.
You may learn more about the charges, the action detectives took while investigating the allegations and how the information came to light in the police report below.