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Josh Duggar: Arkansas Police Destroys Child Molestation Report; Ordered By Judge?

Travelers Today       By    TravelersToday Staff Reporter

Updated: May 24, 2015 09:42 AM EDT

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Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report detailing his alleged sexual abuse molestation of five girls has been destroyed Thursday, as requested by Judge Stacey Zimmerman.

It appears TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar is off the hook, since the 2006 offense report describing his abuse is now as good as gone.

Springdale Police Spokesman Scott Lewis confirmed to the Associated Press Friday that Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report no longer exists, saying "The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record. As far as the Springdale Police Department is concerned this report doesn't exist."

In Touch magazine first published the Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report earlier this week, leading to the 27-year-old dad and his parents acknowledging and apologizing for the incidents publicly  via the Duggar family's Facebook account Thursday, according to a report by Media ITE.

Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report, obtained by In Touch before getting destroyed, details how Jim Bob Duggar, Josh's father, already knew as early as 2002 that his son, 14 at the time, inappropriately touched five underage girls between 2002 and 2003. Some of the girls were discovered to be his own sisters.

Before Jim Bob and Michelle's admission to Arkansas police, police had no idea of the offense. Police only found out about the allegations after a tip about a letter discussing the crimes. The letter was found stuck inside a book a Duggar family friend lent to another person, the AP reported.

In 2006, though parents Jim Bob and Michelle reported the crimes after the fact, no charges had ever been filed, says The Hollywood Reporter. Both said they took the matter into their own hands, disciplining their son themselves.

Josh Duggar was, according to the parents, sent to a "Christian program" where he would undergo "physical hard work and counseling." Later on, Michelle Duggar admitted that Josh only went away to live with a family friend and helped with their home remodeling business, according to The Huffington Post.

After Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report surfaced Thursday, the married father of three resigned from the Family Research Council, where he held a high-profile position.

The confession blew up into a media frenzy, forcing TLC to pull all "19 Kids and Counting" episodes, but not before airing a marathon of the show, sparking questions as to whether the cable channel knew about Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report before they made stars of the unconventional family.

Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report was revealed to an Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios staff via an email, which also warned Harpo producers against featuring the Duggars on the show. Harpo Studios later tipped the Arkansas State Police by faxing a copy of the email.

See screen grabs of Josh Duggar's Arkansas police report here.

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