Just hours after _In Touch Weekly _ published a bombshell police report, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, that revealed Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar waited more than 16 months to report their son Josh, 27, for molesting several young girls — including his five-year-old sister — the couple sat down with Fox NewsMegyn Kelly about the incident.

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Explaining his decision to not immediately report his child to authorities, the 49-year-old patriarch explained, “[As parents] you’re not mandatory reporters. The law allows for you to do what’s best for your child.”

Jim Bob also confirmed the victims included four of Josh’s sisters and a babysitter —alleging the young girls were unaware of what took place while they were sleeping.

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