On Monday, June 8, 2015, Denver Attorney Linda Lee appeared on CNN's Headline News to discuss whether Josh Duggar's parents should be held liable for his actions and their alleged inaction. Reality TV star Josh Duggar issued an apology after reports surfaced that he allegedly molested girls as a teenager, saying: "I acted inexcusably." Duggar, 27, is the oldest of the children who appear on TLC's hit show "19 Kids and Counting." The Duggars are known for being devout Christians who don't believe in practicing birth control and whose children follow strict courtship rules. TLC pulled all episodes of the show currently set to air, according to Shannon Llanes, a spokeswoman for the network. The statute of limitations protects Jeff Duggar but what about the parents? Did they have a duty to report the molestation?
Attorney Linda Lee appearing from Denver, Colorado made it clear that parents do not have a duty to report. Unlike mandatory reporters such as doctors, teacher, social workers, and others, parents are not required to notify the police of any wrong acts committed by their children. In fact, parents have the right to protect their juvenile children from police interrogation. Police are not permitted to question juveniles without parental consent and the parent has the right to not incriminate their children. However, the parents cannot be complicit in the wrongdoing. In the Duggar case, the parents had a duty to prevent further harm to the children. The parents built an entire new home and kept the boys on one side and the girls on the other just to make sure they could protect their children. Josh Duggar's mother admitted that the parents never sent Josh Duggar to treatment with a professional counselor. Did they do enough? Maybe not, but the statute of limitations applies to the parents as well. Attorney Linda Lee is a criminal and family law trial attorney practicing in the State of Colorado.