Josh Dugger

May 9th, 2015


In an exclusive, In Touch magazine reports that the actor Josh Duggar of the TLC hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting was named in a police report as the “alleged offender” in an underage sexual abuse probe.

According to multiple sources who have seen the police report and are familiar with the case, Josh was investigated as a minor with fourth-degree sexual assault. The police report stated that Josh was brought into the Arkansas State Police by his father. Jim Bob Duggar said he caught Josh leaving a young girl’s bedroom, and “learned something inappropriate happened,” one source said.

The case was never prosecuted and the stature of limitations ran on the charges. Why? The state trooper who originally took the report about Josh shortly before 2005 never followed up. That state trooper was later convicted on child pornography charges and is serving a 56-year prison sentence. Eventually the Arkansas State Police alerted the Child Abuse Hotline about the Duggar situation. The case sitting inactive prompted the Crimes Against Children Division and Springdale Police Department to get involved. By then the three-year statute of limitations had passed, barring prosecution. Consequently, the investigation was discontinued. “A technicality prevented any further action,” a source familiar with the case told In Touch. “That’s been the biggest regret in all of this.” (The statute of limitations has since been lengthened.)

“Private investigators have an important role to play in cases like this,” says John A. DeMarr, P.I., a licensed California private investigator since 1988. “Any investigation into Josh Dugger’s alleged illegal acts would need to first to establish the facts surrounding the incidents.“

“Private investigators can work cases like this directly with attorneys, and also independently,” says DeMarr. “Private investigators often have relationships with law enforcement officers, both in the jurisdiction where the investigation is proceeding, and elsewhere. An out-of-state forensic specialist will usually end up testifying for the contesting parties. And the private investigator is ideally positioned to bring together the right legal representation, experts, police sources and witness interviews.”

“It is important for a party lacking access to the law enforcement investigation to move independently to secure investigative help. And to find someone who can act quickly, accurately and professionally,” cautions DeMarr.

To learn more about what a private investigator can do in a case of alleged illegal acts, contact John A. DeMarr, P.I., at (877) 433-6277.

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