Josh Duggar found guilty of child pornography
Josh Duggar from ’19 Kids and Counting’ has been found guilty of downloading and possessing child pornography.
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Josh DugarAppearing on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” was sentenced Wednesday to about 12 1/2 years in prison for downloading and possessing child pornography.
Duggar was sentenced to 151 months in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to legal documents obtained by USA TODAY. He will also be required to participate in a “Sexual Crime Treatment Program”.
U.S. Attorney David Clay Fox said he was satisfied with the verdict. “While it’s not the sentence we’re asking for, it’s a lengthy one,” Fox said outside the courthouse. USA TODAY has reached out to prosecutors for further comment.
“We are grateful that the judge dismissed the Title 2 count and denied the government’s request for a 240-month sentence,” Duggar’s attorney, Justin K. Gelfand, said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We look forward to continuing the appeal.”
In December, a jury in Fayetteville, Arkansas 34-year-old convicted One count of receiving and possessing child pornography. U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks ruled Wednesday to dismiss the possession charge.
Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 per count. Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks to grant Duggar a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and his extended family was the focus of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” They argued in a pre-sentence court filing that Duggar had “a deep-seated, pervasive and violent sexual interest in children”.
Lawyers for Duggar, who are seeking a five-year prison sentence, have maintained his innocence and said he will appeal.
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A week before Duggar’s fate was handed down, his cousin Amy King writes an open letter to Duggar’s wife Anna on Instagramtelling her that “there is no shame in divorcing Josh.”
Anna and Josh Duggar have seven children together. Their daughter Madison was born Just weeks before Josh Duggar’s trial begins.
“I feel for you, Ana. No woman wants to be on your side. You are faced with an impossible decision and you are surrounded by false support,” she wrote, advising the couple to break up even if “you “You were taught that marriage is eternal, and you prayed to God to give you a partner. “
She concluded: “The only people you will be upset about leaving are those who are willing to sacrifice the safety of you and your children to protect Josh and his secrets.”
When Duggar was convicted in December, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar issued a joint statement Posted on their website, it said the situation was “very serious”.
“We will do everything we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support in the days to come. As parents, we will never stop praying and loving Joshua as we do All the same kids.”
Jim Bob Duggar loses race in a special election Northwest Arkansas’ state Senate seat is vacant during Josh Duggar’s trial.
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Before the guilty verdict in December, federal authorities said they began investigating Duggar after a Little Rock police detective found the computer traced to Duggar shared child pornography. A federal agent testified last year that images depicting sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded to computers at a Duggar-owned car dealership in 2019.
try outOriginally scheduled for July, it was postponed to November. The jury heard the case on Nov. 30 and heard testimony from both computer analysts and a family friend who testified that Duggar pleaded guilty to molesting four young girls in 2003.
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The Duggar family shot to fame with their TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” which chronicled the personal lives of Arkansas parents Jim Bob and Michelle and their many children. Josh is their eldest son.
The series was canceled in 2015 due to revelations Josh Duggar molested his four sisters and a nanny When he was a teenager. At the time, he admitted to porn addiction and cheating on his wife, and apologized.
TLC launched another series, “Counting On,” about the storylines of Josh Duggar’s sisters and their young family, but the show was also canceled in June 2021 following Josh Duggar’s arrest.
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Contributors: Elise Brisco, Hannah Yasharoff, and Maria Puente, USA TODAY; AP