Many Americans in the early 2000s found themselves transfixed by the idyllic life reflected in “19 Kids and Counting.” Kids partnering to take care of one another, a massive house, and huge vans to haul around this seemingly perfectly in sync family of 20+.
All that went by the wayside, however, when it was discovered that the oldest child in the Duggar family was guilty of inappropriate behavior with several of his younger siblings. And it got worse, because that same boy, Josh Duggar, got married and had kids of his own.
The country watched what seemed like a disaster in slow motion when the details of the Duggar family’s dark secret came to light, and yet somehow, the superstars retained their fame. The family of the Arkansas lawmaker got more shows on the TLC channel, and while there is an argument to be made that the other members of the family shouldn’t have to suffer for their brother’s sins, it somehow still seemed not right.
However, there is also quite a bit of judgment that could have been directed at Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who decided not to get their son professional help and even seemed to cover the incidents, as many reports indicated.
There isn’t much that can be covered now, however. According to numerous reports all over the world wide web, including on The Blaze, Josh Duggar, brother to 18, father of six and abuse of (at least) five, was found with more than 200 child pornography-related images on his computer dating back to 2019
These hundreds of images were downloaded to his computer between May 14 and May 16, 2019, and one file, according to authorities cited by The Blaze, had pornographic images of children from ages 18 months to 12 years old
One of the agents tasked with sorting this unthinkable collection said that the images were “in the top five of the worst of the worst that [he’d] ever had to examine.”
According to the report, Duggar had a porn detection software program that was used to send reports to his wife and mother of their six children, Anna, but Duggar had found a way to bypass the filters.
Duggar was released on bail just days after his initial arrest but was put in the custody of a family close to the Duggars and is only allowed to have contact with his children with his wife present.
While this offense is horrific under any conditions, it’s particularly horrible when it’s taken into account that Duggar’s proclivity for underaged children has been known about for almost two decades.
In 2015 when it was discovered that Josh Duggar had molested several of his sisters, he issued a statement to PEOPLE at the time, Josh said, “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,” Josh continued. “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.”
Another report stated that Ma and Pa Duggar didn’t take the traditional method of dealing with their sick and twisted offspring, however. Josh’s dad, the former Arkansas state representative then “met with the elders of his church and told them what was going on.” No one alerted the police or any other law enforcement agency. Instead, they decided to send Josh to a “program [that] consisted of hard physical work and counseling. James said that [redacted, Josh] was in the program from March 17, 2003, until July 17, 2003.”
The “Christian program” in question, it was later discovered, was not focused on counseling, but actually a family friend who had a home remodeling business who put the teen to work. When asked about the program Josh was sent to Michelle told police, “it was not really a training center. Det. [Darrell] Hignite asked if the guy [redacted, Josh] talked to was a certified counselor. She said no. She said it was a guy they know in Little Rock that is remodeling a building. Det. Hignite asked if the guy was more of a mentor. She said “kind of.”
Additionally, Jim Bob told police in 2006 that in lieu of actually filing a real police report, when Josh came home in 2003, Jim Bob, took Josh to Arkansas State Trooper, Jim Hutchens, an officer that the Duggars knew personally. Hutchens did not take any official action but instead gave Josh a “very stern talk.” As In Touch magazine reported, Hutchens is now serving 56-years in prison for child pornography.
If convicted, Duggar faces the possibility of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.