Josh Duggar received a visit from family members who flew into Rockford, Illinois, in their small plane Wednesday afternoon, and Josh may have flown back with them. Josh has been in a Christian boarding facility attending a work-therapy program in Rockford since August 25. He left his wife and their four children after confessing to an addiction to pornography and to committing adultery after it was disclosed that he had at least two accounts on the adultery dating site Ashley Madison.
Josh is the eldest of the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and played a prominent role in the family’s reality TV series on TLC, 19 Kids and Counting. The show was pulled in May after police reports were published by In Touch magazine, which showed that Josh as a teenager had sexually molested several minor children, including at least four of his own sisters. The family show was permanently canceled by the network in July.
Just four days ago, the Inquisitr reported that no Duggar family member had visited Josh, though he was allowed visitors from family after October 9. Since he left, the family has not disclosed any information about Josh’s intentions or when he might see his children again.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar own two small planes through their company, Duggar Aviation, LLC. One is a very old, 4-seat Cessna that Josiah Duggar (19) occasionally flies as a student pilot. The other is a 4-seat Cirrus that older son John David Duggar (25) flies on family trips.
The Cirrus flew Josh to Rockford and landed just past midnight on August 25. Yesterday afternoon, it was spotted and photographed at the Rockford airport as it taxied to the runway. It appeared that the plane carried the pilot and two passengers as it left Rockford on a flight to Springdale, Arkansas, where the Duggar family lives.
The Cirrus aircraft, which displays the aviation identification number of N68SY, flew from Rockford and landed in Springdale at 6:41 p.m.
There were hazardous weather conditions in Illinois on Wednesday and the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 18 counties. In addition, there was a strong winds advisory. John David has only been a licensed pilot for 11 months, so he must have had an urgent reason to fly under those weather conditions. As of yet, no statement has been issued by Josh’s parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar or any other relative.
The program Josh has been attending is Reformers Unanimous Men’s School of Discipleship. The school houses men primarily with drug and alcohol addictions, but it has no licensed therapists or medical professionals. The basic course is a six-month commitment under very strict rules. Admission is voluntary, but if a student violates the rules, he must leave the program.
Before he left home, Josh Duggar posted a confessional message on his mother’s blog.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.
“I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.
“I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust.
“The last few years, while publicly stating I was fighting against immorality in our country while hiding my own personal failings.
“As I am learning the hard way, we have the freedom to choose our actions, but we do not get to choose our consequences. I deeply regret all the hurt I have caused so many by being such a bad example.
“I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Please pray for my precious wife Anna and our family during this time.”
It is no secret that Josh’s marriage of seven years is in jeopardy. Josh’s wife, Anna, gave birth to a daughter, Meredith, on July 16, at the couple’s home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The couple has three other children: Mackynzie (6), Michael (4), and Marcus (2). Josh has been unemployed since May.
It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks if Josh Duggar did indeed return to Arkansas.
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