Statute of Limitations Reopened on Duggar Case Possibly
For those who need ‘splaining to, Josh Duggar cannot be charged with a child sex crime because his father actually reported it to police many years ago, specifically to a friend of his who was not only a cop but is also serving 56 years for child pornography and did not think that much of the Duggar “crime” at the time. As one on-line defender wrote, “he was fourteen and they were sleeping” so that’s probably what the Duggars tell the babysitter.
Where was I? Anyway, under state law the case can not be pursued today if it was reported to a police officer oh-so-many-years-ago and the cop just decided on his own to break the law and not pass it on to the proper authorities because “pedophiles will be pedophiles” and there is nothing in the Bible that says you cannot have sexytime with little girls as long as you are willing to
pay for marry them. But what with the gays getting married now marriage just isn’t what it used to be.
Anyway, Officer Joseph KP Hutchens granted an interview from the pokey in which he pointed out something that caught my eye:
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.
Now IANAL (like that is going to stop me) but if only “one” event was reported doesn’t this mean that there are at least four other episodes of molestation that can still be prosecuted? AFAICT this would be within both the spirit and the letter of the law.