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Josh Duggar checks into rehab, family hopes for 'repentance and sincere change'

In a statement issued Wednesday, the parents of the "19 Kids and Counting" star predicted a "long journey toward wholeness and recovery."
/ Source: TODAY

After being connected to two recent high-profile scandals, "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar checked into a rehabilitation facility Tuesday, according to a statement issued on his mother's blog Wednesday.

Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar Josh Duggar resigns from his postion at the Family Reseach Council, Washington DC, America - 25 Apr 2015 Josh Duggar, a member of the TV reality show \"19 Kids and Counting\" and former Executive Director of the FRC Action, the non-profit lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, is shown at the March for Marriage rally in Washington DC. Duggar resigned after reports of his molesting several underaged girls in Arkansas, twelve years ago (Rex Features via AP Images)Patsy Lynch/REX Shutterstock / AP

"Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center," reads a portion of the statement posted to the blog of Michelle Duggar, on "For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change."

Specifics about the facility and the nature of his admission were not disclosed.

Wednesday's statement also offered "love, care and devoted support to [Josh's wife] Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future."

Last week, a day after Gawker reported that Josh Duggar had opened an account on a website designed to facilitate extramarital affairs, the 27-year-old issued a statement asking for forgiveness. "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever," reads his statement, posted Thursday on the Duggar family's official website. "While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife."

Josh Duggar apologizes as molestation reports emerge
Police records show Josh Duggar was accused of molesting five underage girls in 2002. The eldest of the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a statement saying, “I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry.”TODAY

In that same statement, he likely alluded to accusations that he molested five children, including his own sisters, about 12 years ago: "I brought hurt and a reproach to my family, close friends and the fans of our show with my actions that happened when I was 14-15 years old, and now I have re-broken their trust."

TLC pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its broadcast schedule in May, when the molestation reports surfaced. The reality-TV series was canceled outright in July.

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Wednesday's blog post also suggests Michelle and her husband, Jim Bob, sought comfort in their faith while coping with the gravity of Josh's "most difficult" situation.

"As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son's decisions and actions," that statement reads. "His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear."

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