Looks like more bad news for the Duggars this week.
Let’s be real for a sec, though. Has there been any other kind of news for the famous family over the past couple of years now?
Yes, there have been some beautiful babies born, and even a fairy tale wedding or two. But the overall trend line has been … negative.
Back in May of 2015 – and this is surely seared into your memory at this point, but let’s just stick with this – things were forever altered.
That’s when the whole entire world found out that prodigal first-born Josh Duggar had molested five young girls when he was a teenager.
Of course, four of those girls were his little sisters.
As if that scandal wasn’t bad enough, just a few months later, we learned that Josh had made himself a secret Ashley Madison profile.
Oh yes. While espousing family values and piousness, he went online with the intent to cheat on his long-suffering wife, Anna Duggar.
Josh was shipped off to spend more than half a year in a sketchy faith-based rehab center, and 19 Kids and Counting was canceled.
It was all very intense.
But now, a year and a half after no one could bear to look at Jim Bob, Michelle, and their worst kid anymore, they still can’t shake this.
Why? ‘Cause as much as they try to move on, the Duggars keep finding themselves right smack in the middle of another sex scandal.
What is it with these people?
This time, the perpetrator in question isn’t an actual family member, but still, it’s too close for comfort and raises a lot of familiar questions.
See, Jim Bob and Michelle, with their 19 kids (now 20 and Counting, technically) that they insist on homeschooling, have a tutor, Tabitha Paine.
Tabitha lives with the Duggars, because goodness knows all that book learnin’ takes time, and can you imagine driving them all to school?!
Homeschooling debate aside, you see where this is going yet? It seems everyone associated with the Duggars is tainted these days.
Recently, Tabitha got engaged to Timothy Robertson, and the Duggars were sweet enough to throw them an engagement party.
It took place at their home in Tontitown, Ark.
Nice, right? Well – you’ll never guess how this is about to pan out – it turns out that her fiance is actually kind of a great big ol’ creep.
The man who’s undoubtedly been around the Duggar kids was convicted of criminal sexual misconduct in the third degree in 2000.
If you’re unclear about what "criminal sexual conduct in the third degree" entails, well, just let Timothy’s mama spell it out for you.
His mother spoke with In Touch Weekly, and she said that "When these young people party and drink they do silly, stupid stuff!"
"A whole bunch of ’em was drinking that day," she explained.
"They was drinking all day long and it was just a big mess."
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bigger mess for Timothy, who pled guilty and was given a three-year suspended sentence.
He was also put on probation and ordered to pay a fine reportedly totaling just under one thousand dollars for his crime.
Several years after his conviction, he was pardoned.
But being pardoned doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Timothy himself, to his credit, has addressed the scandal head-on, saying that his crime "is something that happened in my past."
He also claims he was "falsely accused."
"My past has been cleaned," he says. "I love my fiancee. And I think the Duggars are a fabulous family. That’s all I need to put out there."
Perhaps he’s right and this is not a big deal.
To a degree, it’s obviously being blown out of proportion, because the whole mess regarding his past isn’t the Duggars’ fault.
If we all had to be held accountable for anything anyone we associate with has ever done, we’d all have quite a few skeletons.
On the other hand … sexual misconduct and the Duggars seem to be mentioned in the same sentence more often than most.
It’s just interesting that people like this, from TLC editors to religious advisors, keep finding their way into the family, isn’t it?
On the bright side, hey, maybe Josh – still partially shunned by his family and in need of friends – will finally find one in this jackass!
Sorry. Too soon?