Former reality TV star Josh Duggar arrested in Arkansas

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Former reality television star Josh Duggar was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals and has been placed on a federal hold.

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Duggar, 33, of Springdale, Arkansas, starred in 113 episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” from 2008 to 2014. He was booked in the Washington County jail at 1:14 p.m., according to the jail’s online roster. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, KATV reported.

Online jail records do not indicate what charges Duggar is being held for, the television station reported.

According to the U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge’s Courtroom Deputy for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Arkansas, Duggar will go before a judge Friday at 11 a.m. CDT, KNWA reported.

Duggar and his family starred on “19 Kids and Counting” on TLC. The show was canceled in 2015 after it was revealed that Duggar, the family’s eldest son, had been investigated for molesting several girls -- including four of his sisters and a babysitter -- when he was a teenager, KATV reported.

Two of his sisters -- Jill Duggar, 25, and Jessa Duggar, 24, subsequently stepped forward and identified themselves as two of the victims, according to People.

Josh Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the fondling and apologized, according to The Associated Press. He also apologized for cheating on his wife after an August 2015 report that revealed Duggar appeared to have had active accounts on an online website created for people to cheat on their spouses, People reported.

The family announced in 2016 that Duggar had completed treatment for sex addiction, KATV reported.

Duggar was the subject of a real estate lawsuit in September 2019, according to KNWA. According to KARK, Duggar was “accused of fraud and is being sued for ‘quiet title’ and breaching a contract,” according to court records.

An Arkansas car dealership where Duggar worked was also previously raided by Homeland Security agents as part of an “ongoing federal investigation” in November 2019, authorities told KNWA.

It was unclear whether Duggar was the focus of the investigation, the television station reported.



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