You ask how long he should be punished, however, he was never punished. Furthermore, sex crimes, especially committed as a teen who knows right from wrong is troubling to say the least and it's not something you just forget about. For many reasons, not the least of which is to "punish" him. The parents claim Josh went to treatment, however, the person he sought treatment from was accused of sexually grooming 30 children. By the time Jim Bob took Josh to authorities, they took him to a deputy who gave Josh a stern talking to. But, the deputy is currently serving a 60-year sentence for child porn charges. Do you see a pattern? Sex crimes against children damage them for LIFE. It's not the same as physical abuse. I can only imagine how the sexual abuse will affect the girls in their sexual emotional relationship with their husbands. They may use sexuality as a form of passive-aggressive emotional abuse because of what happened to them or have a warped sense of sexuality. People with compassion, love and empathy, care for the victims.
While it is true Josh Duggar confessed his sin, he continued molesting girls until caught in the act a year later. Who knows how much longer this actually went on, we may never know. But I guarantee you it was not a few times. As a result, five girls will struggle with his deeds forever. So while we can agree he's confessed it's not the same as admitting something you do NOT know is sin; therefore, Hovind used a straw man argument. In addition, Josh committed sex crimes, and should have been properly dealt with. He should have been removed from the home until such time he had proper therapy. I guarantee you it was not a few times. As a result, five girls will struggle with his deeds forever. So while we can agree he's confessed it's not the same as admitting something you do NOT know is sin; therefore, Hovind used a straw man argument. In addition, Josh committed sex crimes, and should have been properly dealt with. He should have been removed from the home until such time he had proper therapy. If Jim Bob and Michelle knew Josh was forgiven, why didn't they report the sexual abuse until a year later? Did they have an epiphany at the fifth child being molested? No. No. They may be forgiven, but they shouldn't get a pass for putting other girls in that home at risk. Josh clearly has issues because, at 14, you know right from wrong, and you surely no touching children in a sexual manner is immoral. Again, I am a Christian and I believe he's forgiven, although I do NOT believe he's been rehabilitated and I worry about his children. You can think I am a bad person for caring about his children all you want, but it is true. I wish people would focus on the victims versus trying to justify Josh's behavior 'on the slick'. To say people are against Josh simply because of his beliefs is not only false, but it waters down the fact that his victims are real, and I pray for those girls who may be emotionally damaged in ways unimaginable. As previously pointed out, he wasn't just accused he admitted doing it. By the way, some of what he did would be considered a felony. But, here's the other reason people have major issues with this, Jim Bob knew what was going on but did NOT take Josh to the police until a year later. Get this, Jim Bob took Josh to a deputy who was a family friend. He conducted no real investigation, but he gave Josh a stern talking to. But that Deputy is doing 60 years for child porn. Next, they took Josh to a Christian Counselor who is accused of grooming over 30 children. Do you see a pattern? Was Josh molested as a child? Child molestation happens in cycles, so hopefully no one else was abused in the Duggar home. I do think it's ironic that Josh worked for an organization preaching against homosexuality, implying homosexuals are a threat to children as they molest children while he, Josh did admit to molesting, at least, five girls some of which are his own sisters.
Update: After the police dropped the 2006 investigation (due to the statute of limitations) the Department of Social Services continued to investigate the child molestation allegations. Come to find out in 2007 Josh Duggar sued the agency for possibly challenging a ruling by social services. Josh, at the time, would have been considered an in home-sex offender, and would have restrictions on whether he could be around the other kids alone, or be in the home at all.
'Police referred the matter to the Families in Need of Services agency, which has jurisdiction over minors. The Department of Human Services (DHS) was then brought into the case, In Touch has learned. Nine months after those agencies entered the Duggar molestation case, Josh Duggar sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services. A trial was held on August 6, 2007. (2).'
I am almost certain more will come out of this "perfect families'" sinister home. It might be a good idea for the Duggars or any family to talk openly about sexuality, age appropriate of course, but when you explain this to conservatives, they leap to the conclusion we want to show pornography, which is a nonsensical argument when talking about age appropriate sexual matters. Be open and honest with your kids, don't wait until they commit a crime to expose the world around them, but do so in a way that upholds the morals of your faith while giving children the information they need to grow both spiritually, and socially.
1). Stephen D. Foster. (25 May 2015). 'Christian' Pastor Says Josh Duggar Did Nothing Wrong If
Evolution Is True. Addicting Info.http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/05/25/christian-pastor-
2). Evan Hurst. (27 May 2015). Sister-Molester Josh Duggar Sued Arkansas DHS, Probably For Calling Him A Sister-Molester. Wonkettee. http://wonkette.com/586685/sister-molester-josh-duggar-sued-arkansas-dhs-probably-for-calling-him-a-sister-molester#Kiv6ielGW5ap6j81.99