When Arkansas police ceased their investigation into Josh Duggar’s multiple sexual assaults on five female children because the statute of limitations had run out, the case actually continued — by Duggar’s choice.
Josh Duggar actually sued the Department of Human Services for investigating him. Police referred the case to the Families in Need of Services agency, which has jurisdiction over minors. The DHS was then brought into the investigation.
Records are sealed, but a source familiar with the investigation told In Touch that Duggar likely “appealed the DHS decision or finding from their investigation.” The source informed the publication that the DHS has the authority to apply “restrictions or stipulations about him being at home with the victims.”
In other words, it is entirely possible that the DHS determined that it was not safe for Duggar to be alone with his victims — something he seems to have sued to overturn.
“Josh would be considered an in-home offender, giving DHS the authority to do an investigation,” the source explained. “As part of your appeal rights you can request a DHS hearing to challenge what they found and their ruling.”
As it is, only the Duggars could clear up what happened — and they’re staying silent. “The Duggars are refusing to comment on the intervention by either department and Josh’s trial against DHS,” In Touch notes. “They also are refusing to say if their family was monitored by a state agency after the 2007 actions and forced to undergo counseling by a licensed mental health professional.”
While it is impossible to know what legal options Duggar exercised at this point, here’s what we do know:
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