Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Duggars face potential claim; question raised about use of local police as bodyguards

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 1:42 PM

click to enlarge ANOTHER SCOOP: In Touch stays on the Duggar story.
  • ANOTHER SCOOP: In Touch stays on the Duggar story.

In Touch
, the celebrity publication that ignited the story about sexual molestation in the Jim Bob Duggar home of reality TV fame, is still breaking new ground on the case.

Here it reports that a non-family member is contemplating a lawsuit related to the allegations, documented by police reports and his own admission, that a then-teen Josh Duggar molested girls in the home, including at least one not a family member. These incidents weren't reported to authorities, though the family said it took action and Josh had apologized. The article notes that, should a lawsuit develop, the entire family could be made to testify under oath not only to the alleged molestation but also to the family's response.

And here it reports that local Tontitown cops have worked off-duty as bodyguards for the family during a time when the police agency could have been involved in new investigations related to child molestation. The article quotes a university faculty member as stating the obvious: This presented at least the appearance of a conflict of interest. 

Information about the contact with children has long circulated in Northwest Arkansas and appeared sporadically on the Internet. A person unhappy about the events alerted the Oprah show shortly before a planned Duggar family appearance on the popular TV show. The appearance was scrapped and an Oprah employee reported the allegation of abuse to Arkansas authorities. This prompted a police report that provided the basis for In Touch's first report.

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