The disgraced eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar has once again brought controversy to his enormous family when he was arrested on Thursday.
Josh Duggar, 33, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on charges that have not been released to the public. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas without bond and will go before a U.S. District Court Judge at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
Duggar’s arrest is speculated to be connected to a 2019 Homeland Security investigation into a used car dealership that he was employed at. When asked if the reality star was taken into custody in relation to the case, agency spokesperson Bryan Cox would not confirm the connection.
“I can’t speak to any individual that may be under investigation. So I can confirm that we were at that address. And spoke to individuals at that location,” said Cox. “But I can’t discuss any individuals by name.”
This is Duggar’s latest transgressions in a long list of scandals. In 2015, it was revealed that Josh had molested five underage girls as a teenager and two of his sisters were victims. At the time, his parents claimed to have rehabilitated him through counseling and “hard physical work,” but the public’s perception of the family soured, and TLC canceled their long-running show after nine successful seasons.
The same year, Duggar confessed to cheating on his wife of seven years, Anna, when it was leaked that he had an Ashley Madison account, a website created to help people in relationships cheat on their partners. He also admitted to problematic porn addiction and resigned from his position at as a Washington lobbyist for the Family Research Council.
In 2019, Duggar was sued for fraud and breaching a contract and lost the case when he missed a mandatory court date. Ironically, just last week, Anna posted that Josh “is a diligent worker” that provides well for the family, after she announced they were expecting a seventh child.