Former reality TV star and Christian values activist Josh Duggar has been arrested in Arkansas, just six days after his wife announced on Instagram that the couple is expecting their seventh child.
The charges against Duggar, best known for appearing on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” are not clear at this time. But according to an online arrest record, the charges are federal, not local.
In 2019, a car dealership in Arkansas where Duggar worked was raided by Homeland Security agents as part of a ongoing federal investigation. It is not known whether today’s arrest and the 2019 raid are connected.
In October 2020, Duggar’s real estate company, ALB Investments, was ordered to pay $5,000 and lawyers fees and costs to Carl Echols for illegally purchasing five acres Echols owned.
After rising to fame on “19 Kids and Counting,” Duggar also worked as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council (FRC), pushing for policies consistent with conservative Christian values.
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However, in June 2015 Duggar resigned from FRC amid reports that he had molested underage girls, including his sisters, when he was a teenager. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar told Fox News that Duggar had confessed to the molestation in 2002 when Josh was 14.
Two months later, it was revealed that Duggar had been a member of Ashley Madison, an online dating service for married people seeking adulterous relationships.
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” Duggar told the now-defunct Gawker website at the time. “While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this has become a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”
According to Newsweek, Duggar will make an appearance in federal court on Friday.