It has been three years since the Josh Duggar molestation scandal broke – where the world found out that, as a teenager, the former 19 Kids & Counting star molested five young girls, including four of his sisters –, and now some eagle-eyed fans have noticed that the 30-year-old may have written about his “temptation” an entire year before it became public.
Fans found out in 2015, thanks to police records, that Duggar molested five girls, but avoided prosecution because of his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle. Journalists requested the records via the Freedom of Information Act, and then Josh sued several city officials for releasing the information. However, one judge has already ruled that the town was fully within its right to comply with the FOIA request.
And, apparently, the information didn’t surprise the residents of Tontitown, Arkansas, where an insider says Josh will always have the name “Josh the molester.”
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Then, after the scandal broke, the father of five attempted to cheat on his wife, Anna, using a fraudulent online dating profile on the infidelity-promoting website Ashley Madison. And, a stripper also came forward and said that she had relations with Josh on two separate occasions.
The Hollywood Gossip reports that the former reality star has never made a public statement about any of the allegations against him, but he did go to a religious-based rehab facility for sex addiction. And, once he returned to Arkansas, he basically started living a life in exile. He lost his job as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, and now he works on a used car lot that his parents own. He doesn’t live in Tontitown and reportedly has very little contact with his famous family.
Josh will never face prosecution for his crimes, due to the statute of limitations, but there is still a considerable amount of interest from those who are intent on seeing that he gets held to task for his misdeeds. There is an effort to ensure that he doesn’t forget about the suffering he inflicted on others, and in that spirit, ITW recently published a forgotten excerpt from the 2014 family memoir Growing Up Duggar.
“As I became a young man I was constantly tempted to have lots of wrong thoughts and often battled to keep my heart right,” Josh wrote in the book.
Obviously, he was not able to resist those temptations, but his lack of self-awareness continues. He admitted to giving in to temptation but was eventually able to clear his conscience.
“I often had failures in my early teenage years but found that I had a clear conscience only when I was willing to confess my thoughts and temptations quickly to God and to my parents,” wrote Josh.
If these revelations came to light today instead of three years ago, they would have probably brought an end to the Duggars’ media empire. But, the family has been able to rebuild. They may never again have the popularity they enjoyed during their 19 Kids & Counting heyday, but they managed to remain on television with the spinoff Counting On, despite the shocking allegations against Josh Duggar and his parents.
New episodes of Counting On will return to TLC later this summer.