Back in May, the world was shocked to learn that
Josh Duggar was named in an underage sexual abuse investigation.
The more we found out about the situation, the worse things got for Josh and the parents who had helped him conceal his crimes.
We learned that
Josh molested five young girls, four of whom were his sisters. Rather than report him to the authorities, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar sent him to a counseling facility that had been approved by their church.
Clearly, whatever therapy Josh received did little to curb his deviant sexual appetites, as the 27-year-old former lobbyist is now involved in a
second scandal, this one stemming from revelations that he cheated on his wife with a porn star.
So much has unfolded in the lives of Josh, his wife, and his victims in the past few months that it can be easy to forget about some of Josh’s most horrendous behavior.
Here’s a timeline of events to remind you of all the deplorable misconduct that led to the downfall of one of TV’s most powerful families:
Accusations Against Josh Are Revealed
On May 21, In Touch Weekly reveals that Josh was named as an “alleged offender” in a child molestation investigation. It is later revealed that Jim Bob Duggar told police that in 2002 and 2003, his son inappropriately touched five young girls, four of whom were his sisters.
Josh Takes Blame, Resigns From Family Research Council
Hours after news of the scandal breaks, Josh issues a statement admitting that he “acted inexcusably.” The next day he resigns from his post at the Family Research Council.
Clip of Josh Joking About Incest Emerges
Video from an old episode of 19 Kids and Counting in which Josh jokes about incestuous sex goes viral on May 25.
Michelle and Jim Bob Defend Josh on Fox News
During an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar defend their decision to protect Josh from prosecution and their attempt to handle the matter themselves. They also accuse In Touch of using illegal means to obtain the Josh’s police records. That accusation is later proven to be false.
Jill and Jessa Duggar Open Up About Abuse
Josh’s younger sisters Jill and Jessa were also interviewed by Kelly. They admit that they were molested by Josh but say that he was “very sly” and that they were usually not unaware that he was touching them inappropiately. They also attempt to place the blame for the scandal on the media.
19 Kids and Counting is Canceled by TLC
After months of speculation, 19 Kids and Counting is canceled by TLC on July 16.
Josh is Revealed as a Client of AshleyMadison.com
On August 19, AshleyMadison.com – a website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouses – was hacked and the names of millions of clients were released to the public. It was revealed that Josh Duggar had a paid account with the site for several years.
Josh Admits to Cheating on His Wife
Josh admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna, and claimed to suffer from a porn addiction in a statement that was released on August 20. References to porn and past sexual misconduct involving his sisters was later deleted.
Josh Checks Into Rehab
Josh reportedly checks into rehab on August 26. It’s later revealed that he is being treated at a non-traditional, faith-based facility in Illinois that was chosen by his parents.
Danica Dillon Comes Forward as Josh’s Mistress
Porn star and exotic dancer Danica Dillon reveals that Josh paid her for sex on more than one occasion. She says that he was very rouch with her, and the encounters left her frightened.
Family Encourages Anna to Leave Josh
Members of Anna Duggar’s family publicly criticize Josh, and there are rumors that they’ve encouraged her to get a divorce. Insiders say Anna’s religious beliefs will not allow her to leavr her husband.
Josh Has No Remorse, Whereabouts Are Unknown
Sources report that Josh is no longer attending scheduling rehab events, and may have fled the facility. An insider described as a “close friend” states that Josh has no remorse for his actions.