Cop Says Jim Bob Downplayed Josh Duggar’s Actions
Joeph Hutchens, a state trooper to whom Josh Duggar confessed molesting young girls is, himself, in prison on child porn charges.
…Hutchens, is now defending himself from prison in an interview with InTouch, claiming that Jim Bob downplayed Josh’s misconduct when he brought Josh in to confess. Per InTouch:
In the new interview from prison, Hutchens said he was told by Jim Bob and Josh that “Josh had inappropriately touched [redacted] during the time she was asleep. He said he touched her through her clothing and he said it only happened one time.”
He said the fact that it was a one-time incident influenced his decision not to report it. “I did what I thought was right and obviously it wasn’t,” he says. “If I had to do it over again, I would have told him immediately I am going to call the hotline and contacted the trooper that worked those cases and have a full report made. I thought I could handle it myself.”
…Hutchens’ statements do bolster the evidence that Jim Bob and Michelle sought to cover up Josh’s misconduct and help him avoid prosecution. It doesn’t sound like Hutchens was ever going to report Josh for his sexual misconduct, but Jim Bob clearly wasn’t pushing him in that direction.
In Touch reports:
Hutchens’ failure to report the abuse caused the police to halt their 2006 investigation because the statute of limitations ran out…
“I have lost a lot of sleep over it. I am a Christian myself and I worry that something else may have happened. I would be responsible for it, in my opinion, by not reporting it. The young girl should have been my first priority.”