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Report: Non-Family Molestation Victim to Sue Josh Duggar

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Jul 2015 04:53 PM

The one non-family victim who says she was molested by Josh Duggar is filing a civil lawsuit against Duggar, In Touch magazine is reporting.

Previous reports have said the woman was a babysitter. Duggar's other victims were four of his sisters. Duggar reportedly touched the girls through their clothing in 2002 and 2003 when he was 14 and 15 years old.

The statute of limitations has expired for criminal charges, but In Touch reports that the babysitter can still sue under Arkansas Code Annotated Section 16-56-130. That section allows for a sexual abuse victim to file a civil suit when he or she begins experiencing effects of the abuse years later.

Josh Duggar and his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, would likely have to answer any questions posed to them under oath, the magazine reports. Since the statute of limitations for a criminal case has expired, neither Josh Duggar nor his parents could invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been accused by critics of covering up Josh's crimes, but the pair told Fox News' Megyn Kelly that they acted to get him help and were not required by law to report their son.

They did take him to a state trooper post where a trooper talked to Josh, but did not arrest him. That man later was imprisoned on child pornography charges.

The family's TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" has been on hiatus since the molestation story was first reported by In Touch.

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The one non-family victim who says she was molested by Josh Duggar is filing a civil lawsuit against Duggar, In Touch magazine is reporting.
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