Josh Duggar has issued an apology and resigned his position as Executive Director of the Family Research Council following child molestation allegations released on Thursday, May 21.
The 19 Kids and Counting star and eldest child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar released a statement acknowledging his “wrongdoing” and stating he “acted inexcusably.”
“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. 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. I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life. I would do anything to go back to those teen years and take different actions. In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption.”
Josh’s statement refers to a 2006 police report obtained by In Touch magazine, detailing the accusations and investigation of child molestation in Springdale, Arkansas, according to CNN.
Josh’s parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, also released a statement, saying that time was “one of the most difficult times of our lives.”
“Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives. When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before. Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God.
“We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles everyday. It is one of the reasons we treasure our faith so much because God’s kindness and goodness and forgiveness are extended to us — even though we are so undeserving. We hope somehow the story of our journey — the good times and the difficult times — cause you to see the kindness of God and learn that He can bring you through anything.”
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[Photo via Facebook/Josh and Anna Duggar]