After today’s earlier revelation of Josh Duggar’s paid Ashley Madison account hit, tipsters and Twitter are pointing out that if you search Josh Duggar’s highly unique Ashley Madison email handle, “joesmithsonnwa,” this OKCupid profile is the only other result you get.
The picture is obviously not of Josh Duggar. And as of right now, it appears on Wordpress under the title “random guy from Facebook.” If you search “random guy” on Google images, the same photo comes up as one of the very first results. So if a man in his 20s were to try and find a discreet, anonymous photo for a social media profile, it’s possible he’d find this one.
It’s also worth noting that, on this OKCupid profile, “Joesmithsonnwa” claims to be looking for “casual sex” while simultaneously describing himself as a “strictly monogamous” type. “Joesmithsonnwa” last appeared online in September of 2014 (around the same time Josh J Duggar’s credit card stopped paying for the first Ashley Madison account), and “Joesmithsonnwa” lists his location as near where Duggar, his wife, and their three children lived in Oxon Hill, Maryland—that is, until they moved back to Arkansas when scandal hit.
What’s more, his occupation is listed as “politics,” and Duggar was the Executive Director of the Family Research Council at the same time this profile was active.
On the other hand, the man in this profile lists himself as having “graduated from university,” where as Josh did not, in fact, graduate college. It is, however, very, very rare that a Google search for one phrase only turns up one other link, but we also don’t have any credit card data to corroborate this particular 27-year-old casual-sex-seeker’s identity.
So while we can’t determine definitively that this is Josh, if you did go out with this person at any point and it was not Josh Duggar (or if you are “random guy from Facebook), we’d love to hear from you.
Update 8/20 10:59 a.m.: Whoever did own the OkCupid profile has apparently decided to delete it. Because now, what used to be joesmithsonnwa’s profile brings you here:
While we have yet to hear from anyone claiming to own the profile, we have discovered that the picture belongs to model Matthew James McCarthy—who lives nowhere near Washington, DC. So again, if you have any more information about this—or any other similar dating profile—you can send us an email here.
Correction: An earlier version of this incorrectly referred to Josh Duggar’s Ashley Madison username as “joesmithsonnwa,” when “firstname.lastname@example.org” was actually his Ashley Madison login. We’ve updated the post to reflect this.