Shortly after police opened an investigation into Josh Duggar’s history with child molestation, his father Jim Bob told authorities that they sent the then-teenager to a certified counselor — only to have his wife, Michelle, refute his story!
In the explosive police report — obtained by In Touch Weekly through a Freedom of Information Act request — the 19 Kids and Counting couple contradict each other while speaking to authorities.
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In the report (below), the 49-year-old patriarch told authorities that they all agreed Josh needed to be put in treatment.
He alleged they were hesitant to send him to the Piney Ridge program at a Fayetteville, Ark. mental health facility because a “church elder” warned Jim Bob that “some of the programs for juveniles were finishing schools where juveniles learned how to offend from other offenders.”
Page 15 of the report states:
“James said that they found out about a Christian program in Little Rock which they felt more comfortable with. James said that he could not remember the name of the program, but that it was conducted by a Christian ministry in the old Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and the man who ran it was Harold Walker.
“James said that he thought that the program was affiliated with the Little Rock Police Department since they had a station in the same building. James said the program consisted of hard physical work and counseling. James said that [redacted] was in the program from March 17, 2003 until July 17, 2003.
That interview was conducted around 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2006. Later that same day, in an interview with Detective ** Darrell Hignite**, Michelle, 48, told a very different story.
Page 30 of the police report states:
“Det. Hignite then asked Mrs. Duggar about the training center they sent [redacted] to. She said it was not really a training center. Det. Hignite asked if the guy [redacted] 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.”
In confessing to molesting underage girls, Josh credited his “counseling” with helping him get his life back on track.
“I confessed [my offenses] to my parents, who took several steps to help me address the situation,” the father-of-three said in a statement.
“We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
This isn’t the first time another narrative has conflicted with Jim Bob’s account.
Arkansas state trooper Joseph Hutchens — who the father-of-19 took Josh to see and confess what he had done — disagrees with the story the television personality shared.
When Jim Bob took his son to Hutchens, there had been five victims and multiple incidents. Hutchens (who is currently serving 56 years behind bars for child pornography) opted not to turn Josh in — because, he says, Jim Bob only mentioned one incident.
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In his only interview since the Duggar scandal has been uncovered, Hutchens spoke to a representative of a local law firm at In Touch Weekly’s request.
Hutchens claims he was told, “Josh has inappropriately touched [redacted] during the time she was asleep. He said he touched her through her clothing and he said it only happened one time.”
The 69-year-old says the fact that it was a one-time incident influenced his decision not to report Josh.
“I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn’t,” he explains.
“If I had to do it over again, I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made.
“I thought I could handle it myself. I have lost a lot of sleep over it… The young girl should have been my first priority.”
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