Josh and Anna Duggar Are Expecting Their Fifth Child Together Two Years After Sex Abuse Scandal
Josh and Anna Duggar announced on their family website this week that they are expecting their fifth child together. The Duggars, who appeared on reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting, were rocked by a sex scandal two years ago which saw their marriage nearly fall apart.
“For nearly the last two years, we have quietly worked to save our marriage, focus on our children, and rebuild our lives together as a family,” wrote the couple. “As we continue our journey as a family and rebuild our lives, we are delighted to share with you that we are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Beauty comes from ashes and we cannot wait to see and kiss the face of this sweet new boy!”
Ashes? I’m guessing what they mean by that is the revelation that Josh molested young girls when he was a teenager and then was unfaithful to his 29 year old wife.
During a 2015 interview, the Duggars confirmed that Josh was guilty of molesting the five rumored victims, four of his younger sisters (two of whom were confirmed to be Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard) and one of the family’s babysitters. Parents, Jim Bob and Michelle say their eldest son “was just curious about girls” and touched his victims inappropriately mostly while they slept, though there were “a couple” instances when the girls were awake.
“This was not rape or anything like that,” Jim Bob insisted.
Following the scandal the show was dropped and Josh, 29 checked himself into a faith-based rehab centre and also began marriage counseling in 2016.
Josh has kept out of the public eye and off social media. One of his few posts included one for his birthday which read:”We pray that you diligently follow and serve the Lord with your whole heart all the days of your life and that this year is a wonderful year for you and your family.”
Josh and Anna are already parents to four children: Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus and Meredith.