Josh Duggar May Have Tried to Cover Up His Molestation Investigation

It seems as though the investigation into Josh Duggar's molestation charges may not have ended in 2006 after all. That's when family members were questioned by police about Josh molesting five young girls (four of whom are believed to be his own sisters) in 2002 and 2003. A new report indicates that Josh sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services nine months after they began the investigation.


Although the case has been sealed and the Duggars have remained mum on it, a source told In Touch that is was possible and even likely that Josh "appealed the DHS decision or finding from their investigation." According to the source, the DHS had authority to apply "restrictions or stipulations about him being at home with the victims."

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We know that by the time law enforcement got involved in 2006, the statute of limitations had run out to prosecute Josh for his crimes, but it is believed that the police handed the case over to the Families in Need of Services agency, which has jurisdiction over minors. In Touch claims that the Arkansas DHS was brought into the case at that point. There was a trial held August 6, 2007, but no findings have been made public.

The insider told the magazine that "Josh would be considered an in-home offender, giving DHS the authority to do an investigation. As part of your appeal rights you can request a DHS hearing to challenge what they found and their ruling."

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It's possible that the DHS recommended monitoring of the family by a state agency, counseling by a licensed professional, or even that Josh be removed from the home, but it's impossible to know. All we know is that something happened to make Josh feel it necessary to sue the DHS.

Since we never heard about the investigation until now, and Josh was clearly living at home when 17 Kids and Counting premiered in 2008, it's probably safe to assume that no major action was taken against Josh. Whether that's a good or bad things is up for debate.

Why do you think Josh Duggar sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services?


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