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Josh Duggar Responds to Molestation Claims

The Duggar revelations keep coming. The oldest son of the famed family behind TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," Josh Duggar, has confirmed that he is, in fact, a terrible human being.

According to a sealed 2006 police report obtained by inTouch Weekly, Josh confessed to allegedly molesting at least least five underage girls when he was a teenager—including, TMZ reports, some of his sisters. Gawker has been following the story, and it'll be interesting to see if the Duggar family's TLC television hit will go the way of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," which was canceled after matriarch Mama June was found to be cavorting with her ex-boyfriend—who happens to be a convicted child molester.

Josh has since resigned from his post as executive director of the Family Research Council, a conservative research lobbying group.

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh said in a statement to People. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

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But the story doesn't end here. Aside from the trauma Josh has undoubtedly caused, turns out that his father, Jim Bob, may have had a hand in covering the whole thing up (to the best of his ability, at least). Defamer reports that the family patriarch apparently knew about Josh's alleged sexual misconduct since 2002, but did not take action until a year later. And a formal investigation into the allegations was not launched until 2006, when an anonymous source leaked information about the sexual abuse to producers on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.

By then, the statute of limitations had run out and Josh didn't have to account for his crimes of molesting young girls. By the way, he allegedly told his wife before they got married, and she was still OK with tying the knot. They now have multiple kids of their own.

It's all a sick story from a family that, hopefully, will be given room to heal.

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