Duggar Sisters Sue Police for Violating Privacy Rights

The Duggar family from "19 Kids and Counting" had their family's dirty laundry aired concerning one brother molesting four sisters, much to the family's disappointment and dismay. In the months following the release of the news, their show was canceled, and their brother, Josh, entered rehab.

Now the Duggar sisters want payback. Four Duggar sisters are suing three Arkansas sheriff's deputies for leaking private information about their sex abuse claims related to their brother, Josh Duggar. The deputies are petitioning the federal court to allow them liability protection under the shield of qualified immunity. This petition was denied in the lower court, and now the deputies are appealing this decision to the Eighth Circuit.

Molestation Information Shared by Police Officers

Back in 2015, four of the Duggar sisters, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy, spoke with investigators about their brother, Josh, molesting them years ago. This report stemmed from a 2006 investigation into an anonymous tip alleging that Josh Duggar molested multiple girls in 2002 and 2003. At the time of the 2006 investigation, all four girls were still minors, but Josh was over 18. When the Duggar sisters spoke with investigators in 2015, they were assured that the information would be kept confidential, and only shared with police and social services. However, In Touch magazine found out about the investigation, and filed a Freedom of Information Act to obtain the police files. The police subsequently turned the redacted files over, though it was clearly not too difficult to determine via context what words had been redacted. In Touch subsequently published numerous articles about the molestation and the investigation.

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