The whole Josh Duggar-as-a-child-molester story really blew up over the past few days because In Touch magazine obtained and released the 2006 police report detailing his crimes (along with the inadequate response by his parents).
That’s why it’s appalling to learn that, on Thursday (when the story went public), Judge Stacey Zimmerman (below) ordered the Springdale Police Department to destroy the original documents:
“The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record,” [Springdale Police spokesman Scott] Lewis said, adding that similar records are typically kept indefinitely. “As far as the Springdale Police Department is concerned this report doesn’t exist.”
But it is pretty damn convenient that former Governor Mike Huckabee, who has already expressed his support for the man who once fondled little girls’ breasts and vaginas, has a connection to Judge Zimmerman.
According to her re-election website, she was twice appointed by the governor to serve on various committees:
Appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee and served on the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, 1999-2005
Appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee and served on the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, 1995-1998
The silver lining here is that the document is already public. Anyone can read it. Hell, I’ll post it below. Trying to close Pandora’s Box at this point just ain’t happening. The damage to Josh Duggar’s reputation has been done and destroying the documents won’t change that.
But hypothetically speaking, if another girl came forward tomorrow and said she was also fondled by him, it would technically be considered his first offense. Right now, the police have nothing on the guy.
There’s some justice for you. Even for Arkansas, this is pretty awful.
(Thanks to Marilyn for the link)