- After a federal jury convicted him guilty of downloading and possessing child pornography, Josh Duggar was charged on Thursday.
- Duggar’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, is running in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in northeastern Arkansas, and the primary election is Tuesday.
A former reality TV star, Josh Duggar, was charged on Thursday after a federal jury found him guilty of downloading and possessing child pornography.
The 33-year-old Duggar was found guilty of receiving and possessing child pornography by a jury in Fayetteville, Arkansas, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. When he is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in jail and fines of $250,000 for each offense.
“Regardless of wealth, social status, or fame, our office will continue to seek out all individuals who seek to abuse and victimize children through the downloading, possession, and sharing of child pornography,” said U.S. Attorney Clay Fowlkes of the western district of Arkansas, who prosecuted the case.
According to Fayetteville TV station KNWA, U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks estimated sentence would take around four months.
“We accept the jury’s decision and look forward to continuing this fight on appeal,” one of Duggar’s defense attorneys, Justin Gelfand, said.
Duggar and his big Arkansas family starred on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until the show was canceled in 2015 after allegations that he raped four of his sisters and a nanny surfaced.
After getting a tip from a family friend, authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 but determined that the statute of limitations on any potential charges had passed.
Duggar’s parents claimed he confessed and apologized for the fondling. Duggar publicly apologized for undefined behavior at the time and resigned as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization.
Later, Duggar apologized for his pornography addiction and cheating on his wife, referring to himself as “the worst hypocrite ever.”
In the child porn case, the court ordered jurors to hear testimony regarding how Duggar admitted to assaulting four girls in 2003. Duggar told her about the abuse, according to a family acquaintance.
A Little Rock police officer discovered child porn files being transferred via a computer linked to Duggar, prompting federal authorities to launch an investigation.
Images showing the sexual assault of minors, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership owned by Duggar, according to a federal agent testifying in May.
Duggar’s lawyer claimed that the photographs were downloaded or posted into Duggar’s computer by someone else. The jury, however, was not moved.
Duggar’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, is running in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in northeastern Arkansas, and the primary election is Tuesday. He formerly served in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Source: CTV News
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