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So here’s a twist on the Josh Duggar Saga of Shame and Grossness that’s just become clear: Back in 2006, when the Arkansas Department of Human Services was contacted by an anonymous tipster and the family was interviewed by law enforcement, it would have been possible to prosecute young Josh for the offenses that he’d allegedly committed against his sisters in 2002, because Arkansas has an extended statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors. There’s just one catch: that extended statute of limitations only applies in cases where the abuse has never been reported to law enforcement. And as we all know far more than we wish we did, the Duggar family did report the alleged abuse to a member of the Arkansas law enforcement community in 2003, a year after it occurred. Conveniently enough, they reported it to a good personal friend, Corporal Joseph T. Hutchens of the Arkansas State Police, the guy who gave young Josh a “stern talking-to” — and apparently never reported the alleged abuse any further.

Now, as a state trooper, Cpl. Hutchens was a “mandatory reporter” — legally obliged to follow through on the Duggars’ report by reporting it to the Arkansas Child Abuse Hot­line. Because of privacy regulations, the Arkansas Department of Human Services can’t confirm whether Hutchens made that call or not, but either way, there was no further action taken in 2003. The 2006 police report by Springdale police detective Darrell Hignite suggests that Hutchens didn’t do much of anything, according to Arkansas Online:

Cpl. Hutchins [sic] gave [redacted] a very stern talk about what might happen” if such behavior continued, Jim Bob Duggar’s statement to Hignite said.

The corporal told the group of church men that since they “had already put [redacted] through a treatment program, there was nothing else to do.”

So, oopsies, no report to the state, case closed.

Therefore, when the Hotline was contacted in 2006 by that anonymous tipster, the fact that the Duggars had already “reported” the allegations meant, conveniently enough, that the new investigation could not result in any charges:

Washington County prosecutor Matt Durrett on Friday cited Arkansas Code 5-1-109 (a) (2), which states: “A prosecution may be commenced for a violation of the following offenses, if, when the alleged violation occurred, the offense was committed against a minor, the violation has not been previously reported to a law enforcement agency or prosecuting attorney, and the victim has not reached the age of twenty-eight (28) years of age.”

Since the sexual abuse allegation had been reported in 2003 to a law enforcement officer, no charges could be filed.

Ta-daa! That’s a pretty convenient thing, to have a friend in law enforcement to whom you can “report” your son’s sexual crimes, and who’ll give him a manly talking-to so he’ll never do it again, especially since he conveniently didn’t follow through on his legal obligation to report the alleged abuse to the state. We suppose it might tarnish Cpl. Hutchens’s reputation as a law enforcement officer that he was later convicted — in 2012 — of possessing child pornography in another, unrelated case. Those Duggars sure know how to pick their friends.

[Arkansas Online / WaPo]

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  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Cpl Hutchins not only gave Josh a firm talk – but also continued a regular regimen of very firm spankings.

  • Me not sure

    Ange, I just booked yer boy Opie on a sex charge. He confessed to every thing. …Then he fingered Aunt Bee.

    • schmannity
      • Me not sure

        They should rerun SCTV forever.

        • Blank Ron

          In Canada, we do.

          • Me not sure

            We never get any of the nice things. We had to keep Shatner.

  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Isn’t sisters and cousins exempt from these laws?

  • Bureaucrap

    So the cop also gets convicted for child porn? Jeebuz — they may as well change the name of the Arkansas Republican Party to “Christian Incestuous Abusive Sexist homophobic hypocritical Warmongers for Mutual Protection and Punishment Avoidance”. Although admittedly, “Republican” is shorter.

    • Zippy

      Grand
      Old
      Pedophiles

    • Mike!

      Right-Wing
      Evangelical
      Pedophiles
      United
      By
      Loving
      Incest,
      Comfortable
      Around
      Naive
      Scripture

      • Mike!

        I feel like Gary Busey!

  • Donna Rail

    This is some evil shit.

  • shastakoala

    Moe than likely, a stern talking to about how not to get caught.

    • Zippy

      it appears he got bad advice, considering what happened to both of them

      • shastakoala

        Stupid is as stupid does.

  • weejee

    Who wrote the legal code in Arkansas? Judge Pedo Bear?

    • H0mer0

      leave Pooh out of this! He didn’t do anything :(

      • aureolaborealis

        Well, nothing that little whore Roo wasn’t totally asking for.

      • BackDoorMan

        … well, apart from getting his hand stuck in the honeypot… (which is NOT a euphemism for what Josh Diddler was doing)…

  • Zippy

    alleged abuse?

    Et tu, Dok? That fucker has admitted to it…

  • Sharkey

    Maybe this problem will go away if Huckabee gives Hutchins a pardon.

  • Shibusa

    Maybe Josh should have been re-homed, with Justin Harris.

  • marxalot

    Why did I eat lunch?

  • deanbooth

    You know the opening scene of Blue Velvet where the camera zooms into the grass to reveal clusters of nasty vermin? Don’t know why I thought of that just now.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I was thinking more of the eyeball scene in “Un chien Andalou.”

      • FlownOver

        My nominee is the scene in Magic Christian featuring people wading through a pool of feces, blood and Fudd-knows-what-else to retrieve the cash floating on the surface.

        • Vienna Woods

          ♪♫If you want it, come and get it, but you better hurry ’cause it’s going fast…♪♫

  • Spotts1701

    I’m starting to think that these stories should come with more safety warnings than you would find in a nuclear reactor.

    • Blank Ron

      Radiation merely destroys your body. The Duggars destroy your soul.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    “We suppose it might tarnish Cpl. Hutchens’s reputation as a law enforcement officer that he was later
    convicted — in 2012 — of possessing child pornography in another, unrelated case.”

    Somehow, I have a notion that competent investigative journalists, say from the Arkansas Times, might find connections between his case and other cases.

  • calliecallie

    There must be some gun violence going on somewhere in the country. Can’t we get a post about that? I am sick of these Duggars. Needz more guns.

  • Shibusa

    If only Josh’s sisters had been armed.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      It is the role of the men in the family to carry arms.

  • Callyson
    • Vecciojohn

      All Duggar posts should start with this.

  • Blank Ron

    Dok finishes up with:

    Those Duggars sure know how to pick their friends.

    Gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that these particular friends were carefully picked a LONG time ago. For just such an emergency.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      A shared interest in photographs of an artistic nature brought them together, mebbe?

      • Blank Ron

        ‘But Charles Dodgson did it, and he was a MINISTER!’

    • BackDoorMan

      This Pope (Carole) sums it up… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1x3hTZz4eE

  • Zippy

    friendly child porn cop starts the cover-up and starts the statute of limitations clock ticking. Friendly church elders help in the cover-up with a quick trip out of town until the heat dies down. Friendly judge appointed by friendly Politician orders all the records destroyed. Friendly pol sets the table for all this by putting friendly Xtian mentor and serial sexual abuser in charge of Xtian programming and counseling and rehabilitation. Friendly fellow Xtians overlook all this muck and help daddy run for office based upon strong morals and family values. If a fiction writer came up with this hot mess, book publishers would laugh him right out of the building for writing such an unbelievable story

    • Me not sure

      Note to self : Pitch “Friendly Child Porn Cop” series to Fox.

    • OzoneTom

      True, it is ridiculous to think that any religious group would ever protect pedophiles in it’s ranks.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      What it all points to is the power, money, political connections and slimy persuasiveness of Bill Gothard, one of America’s least-known/most-outstanding evil fuckers.

    • willi0000000

      just slightly less believable than the 5-4 election of a president by a supreme court that included two of his daddy’s appointees . . . due to a counting controversy in a state where the governor is the winner’s brother and the secretary of state (who certifies the count) is the chairman of his election committee.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Now that’s just crazy talk, right dare.

  • Angry_Cop

    Gosh, it’s almost like there was a…hmmm, maybe say a network? Of people! Who are into kiddie diddling! Surely the Duggars wouldn’t have anything to do with that!

    • Tony Alexander

      nah! they’re too busy producing source material!

  • Lefty Frizzell

    So – a “group of church men” knew all about this back when Hutchens addressed them on the topic in 2003, and indeed had already put young redacted through a “treatment program”. Just how many church men were involved in this creep show?

    • elviouslyqueer

      AOT, K.

      No, really. ALL OF THEM.

      • Joseph

        It is importatnt o understand that church me don’t have to obey the civil laws. they anser to a higher authority who, at the moment, is Clyde down at the Jiffy-Lube.

  • elviouslyqueer

    So help me, if any of these motherfuckers even attempts to trot out their “family values” shtick ever again, I hope they will be rewarded with so much laughter that it can be heard on NEPTUNE.

    • marxalot

      A wave of scorn so fierce it drives them extraplanetary.

      • Blank Ron

        Interstellar, please. We still have to live in this solar system.

        • Anarchy Pony

          I don’t want to live in this solar system anymore…

          • Blank Ron

            I wonder what Equestria’s immigration policy is?

          • Anarchy Pony

            Dunno, but here’s no rent in the Everfree Forest.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          The Klingon, Romulan, Ferengi, Dominion, Minbari, Centauri, Narn, and Vorlon ambassadors are absolutely in total agreement for once and say not only no, not only hell no, not only fuck no, but HELL FUCK NO!

          • willi0000000

            even the Vogons rejected them . . . adamantly!

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          A galaxy far, far away…

    • Meccalopolis

      neptune, judo, plupiter… ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.. whew!

    • andreamd

      their supporters blame us and the media because we are making it difficult for the sisters to forget. From what I have heard and read, you never forget the abuse – and these girls have never had a chance to heal or do anything except feel they were at fault

  • cousin itt

    Don’t worry, FOX news will always keep the hen house covered up.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    So – he can’t be prosecuted if he hasn’t done any of this stuff since 2003. Wonder what the odds of that are?

    • marxalot

      Clock on further alleged abuse reveals starts now. Who’s in for a week? Ten days?

      • Blank Ron

        What’s the over/under on two days?

      • Zippy

        Not gonna happen, they’ve long ago circled the wagons. By now those poor girls have been so thoroughly indoctrinated that any new allegations or even a whisper of trouble means that they hate their brother and want to see him burn in Hell and that the whole thing was their own fault for their wickedness anyways, so they’ll carry any more secrets to the grave. Unless it comes from outside the family nothing new will come out.

        • bozilingus

          “It’s your kids,Josh! Something’s got to be done about your kids!”

          -Doc Brown

  • RoyalUglyDude

    Good Grief. This place is starting to sound like Lost Carcosa.

    • elpinche

      Perfect analogy. From their homeschool teachings:

      http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–sgZEfDMG–/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/1269709945028915781.png

      I can see this etched and painted in baby blood on a cave wall.

      • Zippy

        those are some shitty umbrellas- the rain keeps falling underneath them

        • jmk

          Because they’re holey…

          • Villago Delenda Est

            “With the whole wide world of ear-related humor before you, you go for holey?”

          • jmk

            (*blushes*) These wretches have impaired my snark…

          • Well done.

      • MrBlobfish

        That would make a cool neck tattoo.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Keeping out the rain of reality takes a lot of umbrellas.

    • Catstro

      I thought the second season of True Detective was supposed to go in a completely different direction than the first season. And also not start until June.

  • Donna Rail

    Wonder when one or two of his victims will have a breakdown and write a book. Bet that’s not the only skeleton in the Duggar closet.

    I feel so sorry for the girls. I hope they get some therapy. I hope they allow themselves to understand that what happened to them was not okay, and getting help is okay.

    • Blank Ron

      Skeletons in the Duggar’s closet? Prolly looks like rib night at the VFW in there.

    • shastakoala

      As long as the girls don’t let Pa Duggar choose the therapist.

      • Blank Ron

        Like they have a choice.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Which is the very crux, if you will, of the problem here.

          • Blank Ron

            Précisément.

      • bozilingus

        I saw this as “the rapist”.

    • Joseph

      Do not let uncertified preachers inspect your family.

    • MrBlobfish

      Pray harder.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      They’d have to communicate with the outside world to even know that help is available. I wonder if there are laws on the books that would give the authorities (yeah, I know, “Arkansas”) reason to take the girls out of the cult for a reality check.

    • dshwa

      Unfortunately, a therapist is going to prod at the whole “you have no worth as anything other than a babby maker” thing, and so daddy and the husbands will never let them go to one. Therapy is about self discovery more than anything else, and that’s the antithesis of what the family wants for those girls.

    • Biff52

      All they would likely get is faith-based therapy, though.

  • fawkedifiknow

    I confess that I never thought “Family Research Council” meant this, literally.

  • This photo is an insult to Deputy Fife. Josh Duggar probably doesn’t even know what a bullet is, much less be able to shoot one off from his holster.

  • nmmagyar

    Fire. The only thing capable of cleansing this big a mess is fire.

    • Blank Ron

      Plasma might not be enough.

      • sw19womble

        Dark Matter would be appropriate.

        • Blank Ron

          Hmm… maybe this is where it comes from?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I’m thinking the burning hearts of 1,000 suns.

      • bozilingus

        Are these people part of George HW’s “thousand points of light”?

        • Joseph

          No, that was the light shining through the holes in his head.

  • WTF… are they Catholics? The Duggers have Father Cpl. Hutchens in the family confessional to absolve all sins?

    ///… not enough Hail Mary’s on earth however.. ///

  • Shibusa

    Let us prey.

    • Montana5

      Good one!

  • Gristle McThornbody

    This is getting just too depressing. The worst part is, I can’t help but think that Ma & Pa Duggar are mostly concerned that Josh has ruined the family “brand.” They proved back when this happened that they really didn’t give much of a shit about the daughters’ well being in all of this. No therapy or counseling for them, just a slap on the patty for Josh.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Their daughters are simply commodities to be exchanged for other goods and services. They’re chattel.

    • sw19womble

      I’m sure they’re blaming the Debble… or maybe convinced the family that Gawd is testing them, like wot She did to that Job fella.

      • Vecciojohn

        Oh, yes, I remember: So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with pedophiles.

        • JohnQFugly

          Just after he caught Job smoting himself under the covers.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Funny how merely giving them the opportunity to be shitheels is regarded as “temptation by the devil.”
        There’s no grand battle between the forces of good and evil – everyone down here is here by choice. A fact that scares the shit out of the bible-thumpers.

        • Biff52

          Pleased to meet you…

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Leave me out of this, please! I had nothin’ to do with it!

    • MrBlobfish

      They’ll just have to back to selling real estate or insurance or used cars or whateverthefuck these carnies used to do. My apologies to carnies everywhere.

      • JohnQFugly

        Or a “We Hate Teh Gayz” Kickstarter or GoFundMe campaign to help sustain the God-fearin’ lifestyle.

        • BackDoorMan

          … apparently, it costs $3,000 a month to feed the Duggar hellspawn, so they might be better off starting a Pat Robertson-style grifty-train.

  • Zippy
    • That weeklong Gawker expose would be a nice counter balance to Sunday with the Christianists.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “My sister. My Duggar. My sister. My Duggar.” *SLAP*

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “Forget it, Jake. It’s Arkansas.”

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Oh, this is the true nest of vipers that the Fundie preachers are always warning us about.

  • nightmoth

    It would be irresponsible not to speculate that cop pal had some lovely pictures of the little Duggar girls in his porn stash.

    • Ewwww….but probably right.

    • VirginiaLady

      Likelihood of them still being there? Perhaps no one noticed?

      • nightmoth

        Apparently the guy had a large stash—perhaps some reputable law enforcement officer could investigate?

    • Unforgotten

      Suppose that there’s one (and only one), could JD ‘get the ticket’ for that?

      • nightmoth

        I just don’t know. I’m still amazed that the statute of limitations on child molestation in Arkansas is a mere three years. Some other Wonketeers are more versed in Arkansas law—maybe they will answer. I may contact Police Chief Kathy O’Kelly today just to ask if the child photos in the files of the now-imprisoned cop were identified, sealed, or destroyed. Chief O’Kelly is being threatened with firing by Republican legislator Bart Hester for releasing the J.D. report, even though she was mandated to do so by state law. You know Jim Bob Duggar is a former state legislator. And in case you have not seen this already, the Judge who ordered J.D.’s report destroyed last Friday is a Huckabee appointee. I’m not a conspiracy buff, but the possibility of a state-wide child porn ring with political connections is looking less like an episode of Law and Order, and more like “Eh, could be.”

  • MrBlobfish

    Can someone find out if Hutchins went thru Gothard’s “therapy”?

  • VandeGraf

    Oh, come on! Build a moat around the frickin state!

    • RachelK

      When people say things like that, this is what I hear you say ” I don’t care about victims”. Personally I think kids being raised in this sort of environment could use our support rather than our derision. You know, I’ll go further. I think people who vote against their own rights and interests, even they still deserve basic rights. So, no. I don’t really think it’s funny to joke about cutting off the most vulnerable among us from the few resources they have to combat this sort of structural abuse. I didn’t always feel that way. I’ve made the jokes too. I’m not calling you a bad person for making that. I do, however think that it’s flip and lacking in empathy, and that if we think we’re progressive, we should do better.

      • FauxAntocles

        This is why I lean against letting the south secede.

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          Give everyone free passes to the North, good for ten years, and I’d have no objection. When all the intellectuals leave, and every school is on the level of Liberty “University”, they’ll be good for nothing but cheap labor, and a bit more convenient than Mexico. Which is what Republicans want for them anyhow, so .. win-win?

          • dshwa

            Contract some hotels to temporarily house people, house builders to build some stuff (economic boost!) take anyone who wants out for a period of 5 years, an leave the rest to become the third world country they so desperately want to be.

        • sillyclucker

          Thank you for that! I do love where I live (GA ) but am acutely aware of its many problems. Despite this, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I work at and hope for change from within.

        • Unforgotten

          Say that somewhere around 2050 some Southern states DO secede (not necessarily the same ones that formed the CSofA), by 2055 they would either be pleading to be back or having a war of attrition with the USA or even Mexico.
          Economically speaking even Texas is not able to ‘secede’ succesfully, maybe even California couldn’t be able to try for instance.
          Secession is not a bad joke or an act of treason, the way the USA were woven, is plain dumb stupidity…

        • RachelK

          Thank you.

      • Dee Andee

        I don’t see the moat remark as being about keeping the victims in, but the perps.

        Yes, the bad jokes just don’t amuse in this, but I’ve seen much worse than the moat remark today on Wonkette, where jokes about Josh have been made at his sister’s expense (such as one about slipping through the cracks *shudder*).

        Maybe we just are saturated with ick these days. I know I feel that way.

        • RachelK

          Yeah, me too. It’s not the worst joke in the world, it’s just one that’s become a bit personal for me as a red state progressive surrounded by red state progressives fighting our ASSES off just to hold the line. It feels like people who are supposed to be on my side kicking us while we’re down. That’s an overreaction, but I can’t find another way to explain it.

          • Dee Andee

            Understood–I’m in South Dakota. ;)

          • RachelK

            Solidarity, friend *fist bump*

      • JohnR

        The bad jokes and non pc comments are a defense mechanism used when people feel helpless trying to deal with tragedy IMO, it’s a relief valve of sorts for me anyhow.

        • RachelK

          I get it, I do. I’ve just come to see it as a small part of an overall combo of things that result in us actually getting cut off from resources. Like I said, I used to make the same kinds of jokes, and I don’t think people are necessarily awful for making them. I just increasingly find it important to point it out. Because some people are totally serious about it, and I think they are more like tea partiers than progressives. It’s the same I got mine, fuck all you guys attitude. With the decade we’ve had here in Texas, it just isn’t funny to me anymore. I think we can find some gallows humor to relieve tension and I’m all for that. I feel obligated lately to provide a counterpoint.

          • JohnR

            I understand but Wonkette is a Nasty Vile Little Snark Mob.

      • This ain’t the comments section to Jezebel, you know.

  • RachelK

    How many people in Jim Bob’s cohort need to be known sex offenders before we start asking if there is a network? Because, counting Josh, there are four so far. That’s. . . not likely to be just a coincidence.

    • Querolous

      If there is a conspiracy to obstruct justice does RICO apply?

    • dimplasm

      Put Cross Church in it and add Justin Harris giving his daughter to a child rapist. The child rapist was AWANA leader at another Baptist church in NWArkansas. That’s five?

    • grmpy

      isn’t there probable cause at this point to confiscate their computers looking for … “family pictures?”

  • Meccalopolis

    sad part is, he’ll do it again

  • mrpuma2u

    I must remark on the utter lack of fap-ability of this thread/article/comment stream. It has no fappable qualities.

    • grmpy

      sssssspeak for yourssssssssssssself

      • mrpuma2u

        Ewwwwww

        • grmpy

          Lol. Humor the best medicine.

  • Ergoetal

    Wonder if there’s any connection between Hutchens and Gothard. Just sayin’.

    • dimplasm

      They are all Southern Baptist and all Southern Baptist in NWArkansas lead to Ronnie Floyd, Supreme Overlord of the SBC, and Grand Poobah of Cross Church. The same Cross Church that our other favorite Arkansas child wronger, Justin Harris attends. In fact, when ol’ Josh was assaulting his sisters, the Duggars lived in a h

      • dimplasm

        House owned by, Cross Church. Sorry. On my phone, with fat fingers

  • DahBoner

    Remember Hillary’s “vast rightwing conspiracy”?

    Turns out, she was just describing what was all around her when she lived in Arkansas…
    http://media2.giphy.com/media/nuTCYnEPpzRYc/200w_d.gif

  • Anna Maria

    What a pack of truly repulsive and evil people this entire Duggar clan and their entourage is. Just disgusting and vile and low and everything evil under the sun.

    There is NOTHING remotely Christian about the Duggars and their ilk.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    I have to wonder if “law enforcement agency” is the same as “law enforcement officer” under the statute. But then, I’m not the Arkansas A.G. A fact for which Josh Diddler can be very, very thankful.

    • disqus_DyKswkJSY3

      No, it’s not. The working word here is report. Talking to your friend who does not file a report is not making a report to a law enforcement agency.

  • Walter Wellstone

    You know what? It doesn’t matter. Josh Duggar is now at the same level of toxicity as George Zimmerman.

    • Dee Andee

      He’s got to be glad his kids will be home-schooled & have all internet use monitored–that way they’ll never find out about what ‘Daddy’ got up to…at least not when he was a teen.

      • Walter Wellstone

        Oh, they will find out one way or another. Shit lives forever on the interwebs.

        • Unforgotten

          And if they happen to have friends, either real deal people that they meet personally or internet pals, and those friends are really ‘friends’ in any meaning of the word…

      • Left Coast Tom

        They might get a little confused by the net-nanny software filtering out the word “Duggar”.

      • KenRob

        His daughters will undoubtedly find out what “Daddy’s mistake” was & continues to be. Judging by his “incest joke,” he has no shame or awareness that all families don’t celebrate & practice “child love” as touted by NAMBLA. No consequences? No problem.

  • Redgyal

    I really don’t know how these people got a TV show.

  • Redgyal

    I really don’t know how these people got a TV show.

  • dshwa

    I’m almost scared of what we’re going to find when the next rock gets turned over.

    • MyLovelyNose

      Or next bizarre life-form pops out of a stomach.

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Did everyone in Arkansas graduate cum laude from Homeschool?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba
      • badphairy

        I’ve been occasionally posting in the 19KAC page (mostly of the “please cancel this show, TLC” variety) and many of the supportive posts are close to illegible between misspellings and text-speak. Not only can’t they spell grammar, they’ve never even heard of it.

      • badphairy

        I’ve been occasionally posting in the 19KAC page (mostly of the “please cancel this show, TLC” variety) and many of the supportive posts are close to illegible between misspellings and text-speak. Not only can’t they spell grammar, they’ve never even heard of it.

  • JohnR

    “Cpl Hutchins gave him a very stern talk” form the way that turned out he most likely said next time bring pictures. Sorry for that.

    • Unforgotten

      Don’t be, it’s a bad joke, but it’s also most likely what really happened…

  • JohnQFugly

    I used to watch that show religiously. Til one day I wondered why it didn’t have screaming conflicts akin to rich-snob-wives shows. Errbody just gettin’ along, in the name of Gawd.

  • Biff52

    I’m way late to the article, but I wonder might happen if new allegations might come up, like maybe a new, undisclosed victim? Cosby’s victims seem to have multiplied exponentially once the dam sprung a leak.

    • Unforgotten

      If Arkansas has an ‘extended statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors’ that is really of value, and given the sad fact that sexual predators of that kind DON’T stop…, there WILL be more victims somewhere AFTER the ‘tough talk’ JD had with that former cop…

  • Keith Rodgers

    See what happens when you’re told that masturbation will land you in HELL????
    Please, people just jerk off, for heaven’s sake, JUST JERK OFF!~!!!11!!

    • vivian

      splooge libel?!!1!

  • dimplasm

    Just as interesting is where gross Momma Duggar munching Daddy Duggar said pedophiles or incestors or somebody (righteously, indignantly of course) wrong sexing someone should get the death penalty, or something… arktimes.com.
    I can’t keep their stupid holier-than-thou-arting straight at this point. Of course, that was in 2002, before he found young Josh had been sexually assaulting every little girl he could find. And he was running for office at the time.

    • MyLovelyNose

      No doubt he came down hard on Josh, which would increase resentment, stress, and acting out.

  • VirginiaLady

    Arkansas, like roadkill but with more maggots.

  • grmpy

    How do we know they reported it to law enforcement? I heard there was no report on file. /snark

    • MyLovelyNose

      First comes allegation, then comes witness statements, then instead of a police report and charges being filed, the coverup happens.

    • disqus_DyKswkJSY3

      It wasn’t. Duggar sought the advice of a friend. A friend who happened to be a police officer that he knew from handling car dealership inspections.

      • grmpy

        then what file did judge corruption order shredded?

  • KenRob

    Arizona’s so-righteous woman hating Pastor Anderson’s wife has the solution – execute him. She’s thirsting for them to be TLC’s next “favored family.” Claims the Duggars are “libruls.” They plan to show America what “Rill christos” are. Given TLC’s record, they probably have a chance. Wonder how their recently released new “musical” child breeder’s show will go. Competition between the “we’re holier than they are” crowd.

  • LADY MABELINE

    They should just rename that Duggar show “The trials and tribulations of a clown car uterus.”

    • sw19womble

      CLOWN CAR LIBEL!

      • Unforgotten

        Clowns as a whole LIBEL!!!!

        • Bear OmNomNom

          I’d even venture as far as John Wayne Gacy libelz.

          • Unforgotten

            Less, please!
            He’s/They’re a bunch of ****** for doing what they did or for covering it up!
            But JWG managed to be even lower (he killed his victims, remember?)!

  • grmpy

    I have several serious questions
    #1 if this happened when the kid was 14 how is this even out? don’t kids have their records sealed at 18?
    #2 if he was 14 when it happened, then, he’s under 18 and wouldn’t that keep him off the sex offenders list even if he was arrested and taken to court and found guilty?
    #3 Where are the sisters on this? no statements defending their sicko brother’s actions or demonizing him for what he did? they’ve been silent this whole time. odd.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Regarding #1: It depends on the State, but it seems that it’s not automatic. It must be requested: “The kinds of juvenile records that are eligible for sealing varies from state to state. Usually, whether a record can be sealed depends on the following: age (the person making the request must be an adult in most States), when the offense was committed, type of offense, and subsequent arrests or convictions.” http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/sealing-juvenile-court-records-32228.html

      Regarding #2: It depends on the State and the type of offense: “Until the passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 described earlier in this section, only juveniles prosecuted and convicted as adults were required to register under the federal Wetterling Act. As we mentioned earlier, the Act now requires that all states register juvenile sex offenders 14 years or older whose offense (or attempted offense) was comparable to or more severe than aggravated sexual abuse.” http://www.csom.org/train/juvenile/7/7_4.htm

      Regarding #3: I’m not surprised the sisters are silent. For one, they are victims and may not want to go public for various, and very understandable, reasons. And two, the culture they were raised in–part of which may be the fact that they themselves are considered at fault for their own abuse.

  • Talkingtree

    As heinous as the whole story and reality is . ….I find bizarre that the author cavalierly posts the image of Don Knotts playing Barney Fife with this story. Utterly inappropriate and bordering on slander to associate his image with a story which had zero to do with him, a beloved comedic actor who brought humor and joy to millions. Did the author actually get permission from Don Knotts’ estate? Highly unlikely. It’s not a light matter to associate the memory of a deceased man with pedophilia, police corruption and scandal for the sake of click bate. Seriously, you’re a douche for doing so.

    • grmpy

      I think the overall picture is one of incompetence. NOT Mr. Furley. but even that isn’t accurate since this was very competent.

    • Unforgotten

      Exactly!
      The ******************* who hindered/destroyed any chance of JD ‘getting to know’ the prison lifestyle (for a long time, and especially with the stamp on hi forehead as the criminal that even criminals DON’T like to be with) was anything but Knotts/Fife.
      We laughed (well people who watched the show, never one of my personal favs, did that…) with Knotts. The actual (FORMER!!!!) cop in the story? Can’t post what I would do with him…

    • borninatrailer

      As a hugee fan of Don Knotts and someone who was greatly saddened by his death, I think you are wrong. I’d guess he’d find the usage of his portrayal of the bumbling, incompetent officer quite humorous.

      • Unforgotten

        Problem is…
        It looks less and less ‘incompetence’ and more and more ‘helping out your fellow little pedophile’
        (It’s NOT supposed to be funny).

        • borninatrailer

          I think it is supposed to be funny.

  • kfreed

    TA-DA! The Tea Party Taliban to the rescue! Police ordered to destroy Duggar police records, via Talking Points Memo: “Josh Duggar’s Police Records Destroyed”

    The money quote: “Several Arkansas Republicans have rallied behind the Duggar family, which is still engaged in state politics. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar attended the kickoff event earlier this month for Republican
    presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who supported the family in a Facebook post on Friday.”

    “Arkansas police have destroyed the records of the investigation into Josh Duggar’s alleged molestation of five underage girls, a police spokesman announced Friday, a day after the reality TV star resigned his position as head of FRC Action.

    Springdale Police spokesman Scott Lewis said Judge Stacey Zimmerman ordered the 2006 offense report destroyed Thursday. Zimmerman didn’t return a request for comment on Friday.

    “The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record,” Lewis said, adding that similar records are typically kept indefinitely. “As far as the Springdale Police Department is concerned this report doesn’t
    exist.”
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/josh-duggar-s-police-records-destroyed

    Next up… the tea partying Christofascists will accuse the “liberal media” of having lied. Bet me.

    • Dee Andee

      They’re already saying “alleged” when he has admitted it happened! The attempt to sweep this under the rug and pretend it didn’t happen is beyond ridiculous.

      • kfreed

        It wasn’t a fair bet. I’ve been doing this type of research for too long now, so I’m all too familiar with their tactics. I hate saying “told ya” but a part of me can’t seem to kick the habit.

      • Karen Marie

        And they ignore that Josh did this while the girls were sleeping. Lots of kids play “doctor” but it’s a whole different order of magnitude when one party is asleep. Just because Josh can’t be prosecuted for events occurring prior to the “reporting to police,” he certainly can for anything subsequent. Let’s just hope there is a more current investigation into subsequent events, except Arkansas is apparently run by friends of the Duggars, so …

    • Dee Andee

      My fave comment so far, from The Lone Apple: “Right wingers are not even pretending anymore. This is what happens when an organized crime family runs a government.”

      • kfreed

        That there is an apt description of the situation:)

    • Shartiblartfat

      It is incumbent on us, Dear Readers of Wonkette, to find a link to the “missing” police report, and put it up on each of our personal corners of the Facebooks.

      • Lindstr7

        Well, I’m not sure if there is more than one report (I think there probably is) but here is a “offense report” from Springdale PD I found online for a 2006 incident. The date on the actual report is listed as 2015 though so I don’t know if that is the date this report was printed out or when the report was filed.

        http://imgur.com/a/zqPMi#0

        • kfreed

          Looks like the release date is 2015. The date of the offense report is 2006. InTouch posted it online. Whoever is able to back it up digitally (Wonkette) might want to do that before it disappears.

  • Dee Andee
    • Lindstr7

      Thanks. It runs deep this pedo thing. Judges, lawyers, legislators, cops. Where do they seek refuge? The GOP. Nuff said.

  • Dave

    Am I the only one who thinks that the Koch or Bush bothers are behind to release of this information to let their republican brethren know what will happen if someone attempt to divert attention or money from one of their preferred candidates.

    While Huckabee and the Duggars have been favorites of the far right, their antics have been a liability to the moderates who the Koch/Bush brothers have realized they can’t ignore this time.

    • itdontsuckitself

      Yes, you are.

    • Leema Raven

      I can’t help but feel the ‘tipster’ is mayhaps one of the victims.

  • LADY MABELINE

    Instead of a picture of Don Knotts,a picture of the actual douche cop who covered up the Duggar Pedophilia Affair should be shown. Don was an outstanding man and a prince.

    • cessnadriver

      Good catch. Barney (the character) was actually a great guy albeit overzealous. Knotts won the Emmy every year he played Barney.

  • There’s a “Statute of Molestations” comment to be made, but it should’ve been left twelve hours ago when this post was still underage.

  • nightmoth

    Kinda interesting— I just read the police report, and at the end of it we learn that Jim Bob Duggar lawyered up after his molested daughters were interviewed, and told the police to talk to his lawyer. Then the lawyer called the police and said he had declined to represent the Duggars and had recommended a different lawyer to them. When the police called the 2nd lawyer, he said he had also declined to represent the Duggars. The report ends there. Wonder what was up with all that?

    • disqus_DyKswkJSY3

      Josh was never interviewed. Why? Because Springdale Police Department and the county prosecutor didn’t follow up.

  • Haribo Lector

    Telling a friend who happens to be a cop shouldn’t count as “reporting”.

    • disqus_DyKswkJSY3

      Indeed, it doesn’t.

      • Haribo Lector

        We’re looking at some pretty compelling evidence here that in the state of Arkansas it does :/

  • MyLovelyNose

    A man is known by the company he keeps. Bill Gothard, Joe Hutchens, that Phillips guy. I think Daddy JimBob is a molester, too.

    • FauxyVixen

      14 year old Josh had to have learned it from somewhere and the Duggars seem to surround themselves with sexual perverts.

  • Little Tommy Servo

    And yet the statute of limitations for failure of a mandated reporter to report child abuse/maltreatment is 10 years after the child victim turns 18.

    Seems legit.

  • proudgrampa

    Wow. Just Wow.

  • This story is the gift that just keeps on giving. But they love Jebus more than we do, so…I don’t know. I can’t snark this story any more.

  • FLdispatches

    I keep reading little snippets of that Arkansas Online article, and what I’ve seen really makes me want to read the while damn thing, only they have a pesky paywall. Anyone found a way around it?
    Also, if we are judged by the company we keep, then I will happily keep on buddying up with non-quiverfulls, evolutionists, birth control users, single ladies, gays, lesbians, feminists, casual drug users and drinkers, and all manner of Sinners. Because I’ll be doing a whole hell of a lot better than Gross Josh and most of the other Duggars and wannabe-in-their-orbit aspiring Duggars.

    • badphairy

      Try searching it on Google news and following the link from there. It works to bypass the paywalls of Several Large Newspapers/Magazines.

  • wgailb

    Birds of a feather…………

  • BackDoorMan

    … I consulted The Google to find out how much it cost to feed the Dugger brood and was rewarded (?) with this… http://www.duggarfamilyblog.com/p/faqs.html – so yeah, that exists and the creep factor just got cranked to 11.

    • Lindstr7

      Hey kids! It’s time to play “Can you spot the Pedophile?!”

  • Jennifer Gottfried

    They interviewed the cop friend and he says they only reported the non-family incident, and since Josh was a first time offender, he didn’t think he needed to report it. That means the statute of limitations of the incidents with his sisters has not run out. But I doubt they would step up and say anything. The only hope is that a judge will overrule that it was reported since the cop friend failed to properly follow through in the reporting process and declares he be prosecuted on that one case.

  • Not Sayin

    Awwwww come on! You had to use Barney Fife? That’s just wrong.

  • disqus_DyKswkJSY3

    Let’s get this straight. There was no police report prior to December 2006. *There.just.wasn’t.* That’s not why a statute of limitations came into play. “…the violation has not been previously reported to a law enforcement agency or prosecuting attorney” — law enforcement agency or prosecutor. In other words, a police report filed. It doesn’t matter what Duggar’s buddy did or did not do.

    The statute of limitations was based on the charge the investigator was considering, “Sexual Assault 2nd.” The police report says:

    “Det. Hignite had not been able to locate an offence inside of the statute of limitations of three years for sexual assault.”

    In other words, the detective’s determination was that there was no complaint of an incident more recent than 2003. He got it completely wrong. He walked right past anything that he could have done. They did the most basic interviews, with parents present. They didn’t separate children, do follow-up. It’s a safe presumption that children raised in rigid religious environments would be absolutely reticent and fearful to even talk about it, much less reveal something happened. The children were probably scared to death.
    Interviews weren’t conducted by professionals trained in sexual assault interviews with children. One of the children started crying – a red flag for a mental health professional.

    Conclusion: the police dropped the ball.

  • crudbud

    So who will join with me in urging the criminal prosecution of Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Katie Couric for being aware of Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophelia and not reporting it?

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