Ex-trooper says he was not told the truth in Duggar molestation case

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Josh Duggar, formerly executive director of the Family Research Council Action, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Brian Frank. *Editors: This photo can only be used with RNS-DUGGAR-MOLEST, transmitted May 22, 2015 or RNS-TLC-DUGGARS, originally transmitted on July 16, 2015.

Josh Duggar, formerly executive director of the Family Research Council Action, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Brian Frank. *Editors: This photo can only be used with RNS-DUGGAR-MOLEST, transmitted May 22, 2015 or RNS-TLC-DUGGARS, originally transmitted on July 16, 2015.

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A former state trooper says he would have taken a different course of action had he known there was more than one allegation of molestation.

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  • Larry

    So a man doing more time than most murderers for chid pornography is claiming he didn’t act in an inappropriate manner concerning a crime of sexual abuse. That is credible /sarcasm.

  • Norm Martin

    In the Gospels Jesus never said that forgiveness meant that there would be no consequences for a person’s actions.
    Sexual predators will always be strongly attractive to a certain age child or even an adult. Opportunity means they will offend again and again. I have led therapy groups of sexual offenders in prison and later their victim’s in a counseling center. I am convinced that a pedophile cannot be “cured” the only hope for any future victims is to keep the pedophiles away from them. Some pedophiles like alcoholics, do attempt to keep away from their “drug” of choice.

  • Jazziscoolithink

    What does he have to gain or lose?

  • Garson Abuita

    The officer was a mandatory reporter of sexual abuse and is liable for violating that, although the statute of limitations likely has run. There is also the prospect of civil litigation against him or his agency. It may be relevant to his parole eligibility, and it is relevant to his own classification as a sex offender. That’s why his statement was released through a lawyer — he didn’t just call TMZ.

  • The Mommy Psychologist

    Unfortunately, this situation happens all to frequently. I’m a psychologist and recently read an amazing memoir of the damage that incest and religious abuse had on a young girl. It’s a powerful look at how God was used to perpetuate and excuse abuse. Here’s the link for anyone who might be interested:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wounds-Father-Story-Betrayal-Redemption-ebook/dp/B00T6ZRKOE/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1432829976&sr=8-1&keywords=wounds+of+the+father

  • Larry

    Notoriety, money towards his family from the Duggars/Quiverfull supporters, not having his reputation soiled even further than it already is, the list can go on.

    Any number of plausible motives.

  • Dave Miller

    As a mandatory reporter myself, I have been instructed that the reporting laws contain no exemption for reporting abuse that has already been reported. I am mandated to report, regardless of whether someone tells me that a report has already been made or not. The state agency can sort out whether or not the abuse has already been reported. So regardless of what Trooper Hutchens was told by the Duggars, I believe he still was mandated to report the abuse.

  • Betty Francis

    He is lying. He interviewed 5 girls. How else would he know to interview 5 if he was told only 1. Liar.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    And we do see right-wingers routinely turn to this crowdfunding, like the anti-gay pizza owners from Indiana, as well as the “Alliance Defending Freedom Of Faith” that promises anti-gay bakers and florists before they commit their crimes to provide free legal representation and to pay all fines and costs incurred, as the “Alliance” itself admits on their fundraising pages.

  • sonia

    like i always say lets just kill child molesters and the next one will think about it more than once.

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  • Ben in oakland

    How quick some people are to deal out death to others.

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  • Pr Chris

    Legally, Jazz, police are among those with an “obligation to warn” and to protect potential victims. It is called the Tarasoff rule, and he could be subject to failing to report under this obligation.

    Pr Chris

  • Greg

    When was the mandatory reporter statute enacted in Arkansas? I believe it was 2009. When did Josh go for his “stern” lecture before the officer? I think the officer had a moral obligation to report the crime, even if it was but one touching, and he probably had a legal obligation to report a crime–I just don’t think he was technically a “mandatory reporter” at the time.

    In any event, please keep these people off of TV and away from my family.

  • Greg

    Lighten up, Francis.

    And check your facts. Isn’t it true that this former police officer only gave Josh a “stern” talking-to? I don’t think anyone has every reported that he interviewed any of the victims.

    But bend over backwards to absolve the Christian child molester if you must, it is your right.

  • Larry

    Greg, I think that was Betty’s point. Not only did the officer not do his duty but he made an obvious lie about it as well.

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