Update: Duggars Respond to Child Molestation Allegations

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Update: (May 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.)
LITTLE ROCK, AR – After reports surfaced accusing Josh Duggar of molesting five underage girls as a teen, he and his family speak out. 

In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE, Josh released this statement:

“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, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “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.” 

More from what his wife and parents, Jim and Michelle Duggar, said can be found here. 



Update (5:30 p.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR –  People Magazine is reporting that Josh Duggar, 27, has resigned from his Family Council job among allegations of sexual misconduct against five girls including his sisters back in 2002.

Josh Duggar responded to the allegations in a People article:

“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.”

You can read more here.

Original Story (3:45 p.m.):
LITTLE ROCK, AR – A national television program is reporting a Duggar family member was under investigation more than a decade ago for alleged sexual assault.

Josh Duggar, whose well-known family from northwest Arkansas stars in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” was the subject of the investigation, reports celebrity gossip website TMZ.

The case, which TMZ says dates back to 2002, allegedly involved five girls, including some of Duggar’s own sisters.

The TMZ story cites a police report (click here to read) which states that Duggar, 14, at the time of one incident, fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping. There was another reported incident 9 months later.

No charges were ever filed against Duggar.

Click here to read the entire TMZ report.

Click here to read the police report:

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