(MEDIA GENERAL) – According to a report from In Touch magazine, one of Josh Duggar’s alleged molestation victims is preparing to file a civil suit. The alleged victim is not one of Duggar’s sisters.
In Touch first broke the story of the “19 Kids and Counting” star’s alleged molestation scandal in May. Duggar is alleged to have molested several underage girls as a teenager. Josh Duggar, along with his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, and his sisters, Jessa and Jill, have discussed the matter through statements and select interviews. Jessa and Jill have confessed to being two of the alleged victims.
The civil lawsuit should mean a more detailed account from Jim Bob and Michelle over how they handled Josh’s alleged actions as a teenager. The parents could be forced to give depositions and testify about the alleged actions and will not be able to invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because the statute of limitations has expired.
The Duggars have stayed mostly tight-lipped about the allegations, although stories have emerged of Jim Bob Duggar consulting friends in law enforcement and elders in his church on how to handle the situation. Josh Duggar reportedly was sent to work for a family friend who was remodeling a house for three months, but was not given any professional therapy.
According to In Touch, “the victim still has the right to sue under Arkansas Code Annotated Section 16-56-130, which allows for a civil action when a sexual abuse victim starts to experience the effects of the abuse years later.”
Since the initial report, TLC has pulled “19 Kids and Counting” off the air.