Josh Duggar Cancels Ohio Appearance Amid Child Molestation Scandal

Josh Duggar
19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar cancelled an upcoming appearance in Sandusky, Ohio amid his child molestation scandal D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Josh Duggar has cancelled an upcoming appearance amid his child molestation scandal, TMZ reports. The 19 Kids and Counting star was expected to speak at a home schooling convention this week in Sandusky, Ohio.

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According to TMZ, the father of three, 27, told organizers that his presence would cause too much of a distraction. The event planners, in turn, commended him and his TLC reality family for how they handled the matter.

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Duggar gave a statement about the child abuse claims that have been surrounding him via Facebook on Thursday. His conservative parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and his pregnant wife Anna are sticking by him through this time.

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," he said in a lengthy statement. "We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

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Since addressing the bombshell, Duggar left his Washington, D.C- based position at the Family Research Council, and TLC pulled 19 Kids and Counting off the air. In addition, it was revealed this week that Arkansas police destroyed the records that allegedly detailed Duggar's past behavior.

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