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City defends release of Josh Duggar police record

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The Springdale city attorney is defending the release of a police report including allegations that 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar molested five girls when he was a teenager over a decade ago, NBC News reported.

In an interview that aired on Wednesday, Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, claimed the release of the 2006 police report was illegal, saying, “That was actually a sealed juvenile record. They said it would never be brought out.”

“The requested record was not sealed or expunged, and at the time the report was filed, the person listed in the report was an adult,” Springdale City Attorney Ernest B. Cate said in a statement released online Thursday. “Any names of minors included in the report, as well as pronouns, were redacted from the report by the Springdale Police Department in compliance with Arkansas Law prior to release.” 

The Duggars are not named in the statement and the city said the police department acted “in full compliance with Arkansas law.” 

Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act happens to be one of the stricter versions of the law and those who disobey the law can be charged with a misdemeanor.

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