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Josh Duggar’s Father Campaigned For Capital Punishment In Cases Of Rape And Incest — While Covering Up His Son’s Sex Crimes

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In 2002, Jim Bob Duggar campaigned on a platform calling for the death penalty in cases of rape and incest. But that same year, one of his own sons committed incest, according to police reports, and Duggar covered it up.

While running for U.S. Senate in Arkansas, the patriarch of the Duggar clan — the fundamentalist family that rose to fame on the TLC reality TV show “19 Kids And Counting” — argued that rape and incest should be punishable by death. Yet during his campaign, he apparently knew that his eldest son, Josh, had molested at least one of his daughters.

Gawker Media uncovered a cached version of Duggar’s political platform from the 2002 Republican primaries, which reveals Duggar’s stance on capital punishment for crimes like those allegedly committed by his own son. When asked if he believed abortion should be legal if a woman had been raped, Duggar said:

If a woman is raped, the rapist should be executed instead of the innocent unborn baby. … Rape and incest represent heinous crimes and as such should be treated as capital crimes.

Duggar’s full statement is pictured in this screenshot:

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Duggar lost the primary election in May 2002 to the incumbent, Sen. Tim Hutchinson.

While Duggar was running on a platform that included this position about rape, the first allegations that Josh had molested a child surfaced. According to In Touch Weekly, which broke the story, a female minor told Duggar in March 2002 that Josh, who was 14 at the time, had been sexually touching her as she slept. Josh admitted as much to his parents in July 2002.

A police report indicates that the first victim who came forward lived in the same home as Josh. In March 2003, more minors accused Josh of touching their breasts and genitals. The police report suggests that four of the five total victims were Josh’s sisters.

At that point, Duggar apparently informed the elders at his church of the situation, but no one notified law enforcement. The elders all agreed that Josh should be sent to a “treatment program,” but Duggar chose a different route. He reportedly did not punish his son at all, except to send him to live and work with a family friend for a while.

When Josh returned in July 2003 — well over a year since the first victim came forward  — his father allegedly took him to speak with Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens, a family friend, who gave the boy a “very stern talk” but took no further action. According to In Touch, Hutchens is now serving 56 years in jail for child pornography.

The authorities first heard about the allegations in 2006, when an anonymous woman contacted “The Oprah Winfrey Show” with details of the accusations. The police launched an investigation, and In Touch reports five victims confirmed that Josh had touched their breasts and genitals.

Reportedly, the police did not press charges because the statute of limitations had expired.

Of course, this is far from the only instance in which the Duggars have preached one thing while doing just the opposite. Last year, the Duggar matriarch recorded a robocall warning voters of Fayetteville, Arkansas, about a bill that would allow trans women to use the women’s bathroom, claiming it posed a threat to children:

“I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. I still believe that we are a society that puts women and children first…”

At the same time that the robocall was released, both Duggar parents were actively participating in the cover-up of son Josh’s crimes and the subsequent silencing of his victims — something most of us recognize as “placing the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child.”

 

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