Jinger Duggar’s husband Jeremy Vuolo is opening up about his 2008 arrest for harassment against a police officer in tonight’s episode of Counting On.
The 32-year-old was a sophomore at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York on January 16, 2008 when he got drunk with friends, was ‘belligerent and shouting obscenities,’ and forcefully grabbed a police officer.
In the new episode of the family’s TLC reality show, Jeremy referred to the ‘darkness in my life’ during those days, and how the arrest was a turning point that led him on the path to ‘actively serve Christ.’
Jeremy played soccer for Hartwick College and was, by all accounts, an average American college student during that time, drinking and partying with friends.
His lifestyle was a far cry from how Jinger, 26, behaved in her late teens and early 20s, when she still lived with her parents and shared a room with her sisters.
But speaking in the new episode, Jeremy reflects on how he turned away from that lifestyle following the arrest.
‘I was consumed with playing soccer but I was also living a live that wasn’t honoring Christ,’ he says in a preview clip.
‘I ended up getting arrested. I was drinking, I was partying in college, just being a foolish young guy and it was really that night when I got arrested out late at night, three o’clock in the morning, I realized, I can’t live like this and call myself a Christian.
‘So I either need to go into the world and do what I want to do, or I need to live for Christ, but I can’t call myself a Christian and live like this. And that was the turning point for me, where that point forward I made the decision, I’m gonna actively serve Christ with my life.’
According to an Oneonta Police Department report obtained by Radar Online in 2017, Jeremy, who was just 20 at the time, had a blood alcohol count of .13%.
‘An intoxicated male who appeared to be a friend of the male that was involved was acting belligerent and shouting obscenities while in front of numerous subjects,’ the reporting officer wrote. ‘Identified later as Jeremy Vuolo.’
‘For no apparent reason, Vuolo walked up to [the officer] and grabbed his right arm/bicep in a forceful manner. Subsequently, Vuolo was arrested and transported back to HQ, where he was booked and later released to a sober friend.’
He was ordered to play $250 in fines and a surcharge of $95.
Jeremy hasn’t kept his youthful behavior a secret. In a 2016 video for Grace Community Church in Laredo, Texas, where he was a pastor, he also spoke candidly about the attest.
Interestingly, though, he said at the time that his partying got out of control during his senior year of college. Jeremy graduated in 2010, two years after his arrest.
‘It was during my senior year that a lot of sin began to be exposed in my heart,’ he said in the Grace Community Church video.
‘I began to drink and to attend parties on the weekends with different people. I was part of the college party scene and was living foolishly. I began sliding deeper and deeper into the pits of lust and selfishness and pride.
‘At one point, it even got so bad that I spent the night in a holding cell at the local police station for refusing to obey a police officer during a night downtown.’
Jeremy is now expecting his second child with wife Jinger, who is due to give birth to a daughter in November. The couple already has a two-year-old daughter named Felicity.
The pair shared their baby news in May, with Jinger already in her second trimester — and also revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage last fall.
‘The morning after we announced to family that we were expecting, Jinger woke up and, woke me up very early in the morning, saying that she thought she lost the baby,’ Jeremey said.
‘We found out later that day that she had. That was very difficult and definitely a trial for us.’
Jinger added: ‘Tears filled my eyes, sadness cloaked my soul. Having just lost my grandmother months before, the news of new life was like spring lilies blossoming after a dark, cold winter. And in a moment, that life was gone.
‘In those times when your faith is tried, you just run to God all the more,’ she said. ‘We were just praying together, talking with family, had friends at our church here that just surrounded us.
‘It was such a hard time, but Jer just really supported me, and it was just such a tremendous blessing to have many people who loved on us in that difficulty.’
The couple, who moved across the country to Los Angeles last summer so that Jeremy could attend the Master’s Seminary at Grace Community Church, have been documenting the pregnancy’s progress on social media.
Jeremy isn’t the only member of the Duggar family with a police report.
In 2006, Springdale, Arkansas police opened an investigation into Jinger’s oldest sibling, 32-year-old brother Josh, after he confessed to molesting four of his younger sisters and a fifth underage girl.
InTouch published the police report in 2015, revealing that Josh was investigated for offenses including ‘forcible fondling’ — but was never charged.
Dad Jim Bob had contacted the police after several incidents, including Josh fondling his sisters’ breasts and genitals while they slept.
Josh never did face any legal consequences — and Jim Bob waited months to notify police, first sending Josh to Christian counseling.
Josh reportedly ‘apologized’ to his victims, who said they forgave him.