Ex-Trooper Who Gave Josh Duggar a 'Stern Talk' Regrets Not Reporting Him

Ever since the news broke last week that Josh Duggar, the eldest child of the 19 Kids and Counting crew, had molested five young girls back in 2002 when he was 14, we've been trying to piece together what happened in the aftermath of his confession to his parents. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar claimed that they had Josh meet with a state trooper, who gave him a "very stern" talking to.


Of course we later learned that ex-state trooper Joseph Hutchens is now serving 56 years in prison on child pornography charges, so take that for what you will. But now Hutchens has come forward to say that he was never told the full extent of Josh's criminal actions, and if he had, he wouldn't have let the youth off quite so easily.

In Touch, the publication who originally broke the story, talked to Hutchens on Wednesday through a local law firm, and if what he had to say is true, then the Duggars certainly have a lot of explaining to do.

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Hutchens claimed that Jim Bob and Josh came to him in 2003, after Josh had completed a Christian counseling program, and said that they told him that he had only touched one girl, one time, through her clothing while she slept. He insisted they said "it only happened one time."

The 2006 police report has Jim Bob on record saying that Hutchens told them there was nothing more to do at that point, since Josh had admitted his wrongdoing and had received counseling. However, the same report also has Michelle pointing out that it wasn't exactly a training camp or counseling center, but a family friend who was remodeling a building.

It's all sort of confusing, I know. Anyway, Hutchens now claims that had he known the whole truth of the situation, he would've handled things much differently.

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"I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn't," he told In Touch. "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."

He continued, "I have lost a lot of sleep over it. I am a Christian myself and I worry that something else may have happened ... I would be responsible for it, in my opinion, by not reporting it. The young girl should have been my first priority."

Ugh. There's no way to know who is telling the whole truth here, but if I had to guess, everyone is trying as best they can to not come across as a villain in this story. I mean, who can we trust? The man who admitted to "inexcusable actions" as a teenager, the father who likely tried to protect his reputation while still dealing with it, or the trooper who is now serving time for child pornography?

Let's just hope that other law enforcement officers learn something from this -- don't try to be a "nice guy" and let someone off the hook for molesting children, even if they are the teenage son of a family friend. Stick to the law instead.

Do you think Hutchens should have turned Josh in?


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