The Duggars spoke with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly during her The Kelly File show last night and denied their son, Josh was a child molester or pedophile, ‘just ‘curious.’ Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar admitted that Josh (14 at the time) “improperly touched” four of their daughters and are all devastated that their juvenile records have been exposed.
The Duggars explained how and when Josh confessed his actions, “Josh came to us on his own and was crying. He said he had improperly touched some of our daughters. He said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and touched them over their clothes when they were sleeping.” Michelle says all the kids later received counseling.
But they were asked why they didn’t go to authorities sooner to which they replied they were in grief and did not like the odds given to then of the juvenile facility they visited. “There was so much grief in our hearts. I think, as parents, we felt, ‘We’re failures,'” Michelle said. “You know, here we tried to raise our kids to do what’s right — to know what’s right … We were devastated.”
The family famous for their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting, released a statement a few weeks ago. “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before … We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day.”TLC has pulled the family’s reality series “19 Kids and Counting” from the lineup, but have yet to cancel the series. “We are fine whether they film us or not. ”
But Josh still has his family on his side, Jessa Duggar one of the vicitims, who us now married and expecting seemed to want to protect her brother. “I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying,” Jessa told Kelly. “I’m like, ‘That is so overboard and a lie really.’ I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”
They really seemed to glaze over the accusations…which to me seem pretty serious.