Josh Duggar pleads not guilty: Everything we know about his child pornography charges

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On April 29, 2021, U.S. Marshals arrested Duggar on federal charges of possession of child pornography. ... The federal grand jury's indictment accuses Duggar of having "knowingly" received pornographic images of children who were under 12 years old. Following his arrest, Duggar was booked into the Washington County Jail. wikipedia.orgJosh Duggar

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Josh Duggar’s sister and brother-in-law, Jessa and her husband Ben Seewald, are speaking out after he pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography. 

Jessa and Ben became the latest to speak out about the charges against Josh. The couple took to their respective Instagram Stories on Saturday to share the same statement explaining they are "saddened" to learn of the allegations and are eager for the "truth to be exposed." 

"We are saddened to hear of the charges against Josh," the statement reads. "As Christians, we stand against any form of pornography or abuse and we desire for the truth to be exposed, whatever that may be. Our prayers are with their family as they walk through this difficult time."

The 33-year-old "19 Kids and Counting" star was arrested and is now facing federal charges of receiving and possessing child porn. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday in court in Arkansas.

On Friday, Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, shared their thoughts on the family’s website, offering similar sentiments about finding out the truth.

"We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."

Meanwhile, Josh’s other sister, Jinger Vuolo, also issued a statement alongside her husband, Jeremy.

"We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice," the couple wrote in a statement shared to Instagram.

"19 Kids and Counting" was canceled in 2015 after Duggar was accused of molesting multiple young girls, including several of his own sisters.

His sister Jill and her husband Derek have also spoken out. The couple previously revealed that they've distanced themselves from the famous family.

Duggar is accused of using "the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019," a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office states.

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 on each count.

The hearing, which was held virtually over Zoom in the Western District of Arkansas, began at 11 a.m. CT. Duggar appeared from jail and was seen smiling before the hearing kicked off. He was represented by Arkansas attorney Travis W. Story.

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Jill Duggar Reflects on 'Difficult Times' After Josh Duggar's Arrest

Us Weekly 03 May, 2021 - 12:22pm

“We were reminded this morning in church about how important community is! I think I’ve brought this up before, but I’ve literally prayed for good community!! We need others for support, prayer … people to do life with and so much more,” Jill, 29, wrote via Instagram on Sunday, May 2. “I know this last year has tested all of us so much, but sometimes it’s in the difficult times that you see more clearly who your people are as they become the hands and feet of Jesus!”

Josh, 33, the eldest of the 19 Duggar siblings, was arrested on Thursday, April 29, in Arkansas. The following day, he pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography. His trial is set to begin July 6 and, if convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count. The reality star is currently expecting his 7th child with his wife, Anna Duggar.

Previously, Josh was accused of molesting multiple girls — including some of his sisters — when he was a teenager. After the scandal surfaced in 2015, he admitted to the allegations.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he wrote at the time. “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”

After Josh’s charges made headlines on Friday, April 30, Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, gave a statement to Us Weekly.

“We just found out this information yesterday,” the couple said. “It is very sad.”

Jill and Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, also shared a statement regarding their son’s newest scandal on Friday.

“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time,” they said to Us via their family rep. “The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.”

Jill reached out to her followers to see where they find their personal communities in Sunday’s post.

“Do you have good community or are you in a season where you’re praying for and being intentional to build community ( … yeah, sometimes it takes some work!)?” she wrote. “Who are you grateful for today? I have a growing list!”

Jill and her husband, 32, said in March that they haven’t been back to the Duggar family home in years due to “a lot of triggers” there.

“In this season of life we have to prioritize our mental and emotional health, and our threshold is a little bit lower,” the TLC personalities shared in a YouTube Q&A video published March 21. “We’d like for it not to stay that way but that’s where we are now.”

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19 Kids and Counting: Josh & Anna Duggar's Relationship Timeline

Screen Rant 03 May, 2021 - 12:22pm

Anna and her husband met at a homeschooling convention in 2006. At the time, both of them were teenagers. The two began courting after their parents agreed to the relationship. The courting process included chaperoned dates and hand-holding. The couple chose to save their first kiss for their wedding day. They said "I do" two years later, on September 26, 2008. The couple openly talked about having a big family but said that they would leave the number of children up to God and fate.

Check Out Josh Duggar's Arrest Warrant Filed By Prosecutors Hours Before Reality Star Was Taken Into Custody

Radar Online 03 May, 2021 - 10:49am

May. 3 2021, Published 11:49 a.m. ET

The special agents investigating Josh Duggar wasted no time arresting the reality star after obtaining an arrest warrant from the court. 

Radar obtained the arrest warrant filed by prosecutors ahead of Duggar being taken into custody on child porn charges. The former 19 Kids And Counting star allegedly viewed material showing children under the age of 12 being sexually abused. 

Prosecutors say Duggar was in possession of the material in May 2019. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. In court, the judge said if Duggar is to be released on bond he will have to live in a home without “minors.” 

The arrest warrant, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, was signed off by Homeland Security Investigator special agent Howard Aycock. 

The warrant was dated April 28, the day before Duggar was arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The two offenses listed on the document include One Count of Receipt of Child Pornography and One Count of Possession of Child Pornography. 

In his indictment, prosecutors accuse Duggar of “knowingly” receiving child pornography. They also want him to turn over all computers he used to store the alleged material if he’s convicted. 

As Radar first reported, the former TLC reality star is locked up in an Arkansas jail until May 5. 

Last week, 33-year-old Duggar was hit with two federal charges accusing him of receiving and possessing child pornography. He is stuck behind bars until his detention hearing on May 5. 

Days before his arrest, Duggar was photographed all smiles with his wife Anna at their gender reveal party. The party guests included Duggar’s sisters Jinger, Jessa, Abbie, and Joy. All of the sisters brought along their babies to the party with Duggar present. 

Duggar’s cousin, John Studdard, spoke exclusively to Radar about the situation. He said,It's tragic, it's horrible, it's sad," 

"And I feel for his immediate family because I know that from how I feel, not being super close to him, I can't imagine how his mom and dad and his siblings and [his wife] Anna are doing. It's sad. I really hope the best comes out of it for her and her children."

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19 Kids and Counting The Charges Against Josh Duggar Explained

Screen Rant 03 May, 2021 - 07:15am

According to the online detainee records from the state of Arkansas, the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar pleaded not guilty to child pornography on Friday in a courthouse in Arkansas. The 33-year-old was arrested last week in Springdale, where he lives with his wife, Anna Duggar, and six small children. According to U.S. prosecutors, back in May of 2019, he used the internet to download explicit material. The downloads included abuse of children, with some being under 12 years old.

Source: State of Arkansas

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