Duggar Family Closes Ranks, Maintains Silence on Josh Sex Scandal

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As news of Josh Duggar being accused of committing a sex crime in his teens goes viral, the 19 Kids & Counting family is closing ranks and clamming up.

Josh Duggar and Family

The Josh Duggar sex scandal that wasn't - he's accused of "inappropriate touching" of a minor a decade ago, but was never charged - broke yesterday.

As we previously reported, father Jim Bob caught him allegedly groping a minor female, then turned his first-born son in to the Arkansas State Police.

State trooper Joseph Hutchens took the report, but the investigation stalled after Hutchens was arrested and convicted on child pornography charges.

By the time the investigation was set to re-open, according to reports, the statute of limitations had passed and Josh Duggar was in the clear.

It's all water under the bridge for the famous family, we're guessing, even if Jim Bob "did what he thought was right" by turning in his son back then.

The normally outgoing and talkative Arkansas brood has gone quiet, declining repeated requests for comments on the latest family controversy.

Josh’s cousin Amy Duggar had “nothing to say at all about that” when contacted.

Josh’s sister-in-law Susanna Keller - Anna Duggar's sister - didn't bite either.

“That’s personal, I’m not talking about that,” she told Radar Online today.

Arkansas’ Crimes Against Children Division, the office that was reportedly alerted to Josh’s alleged crimes, also refused to speak about the case.

The Duggars, for their part, took to social media, either to distract the public or to subtly suggest that they have long ago moved on from all this.

Just hours after the news hit, soon-to-be dad-of-four Josh, 27, tweeted about filming with his fervent Christian family and Today co-host Erica Hill.

Josh’s pregnant little sister Jessa Duggar, 22, shared a loving photo on Instagram in honor of her husband Ben Seewald, who turned 20 this week.

Patriarch Jim Bob and wife Michelle Duggar, meanwhile, posted on the Duggars' official Facebook page, “We all appreciate your love for God."

Case closed? Literally and otherwise?

UPDATE, 5/21: A bombshell report, citing knowledge of the police case, claims investigators believed Josh molested five girls including his sisters.

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