Was Josh Duggar arrested?
On April 29, 2021, U.S. Marshals arrested Duggar on federal charges of possession of child pornography. ... Following his arrest, Duggar was booked into the Washington County Jail. wikipedia.orgJosh Duggar
02 May, 2021 - 07:00pm
"We are saddened to hear of the charges against Josh," their joint statement began. "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 couple concluded.
Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday while appearing in court virtually via Zoom. The reality star's attorneys opted to forgo having the judge read out the charges he's facing. If Josh is granted bail, U.S Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L. Wiedemann ordered that he will have to be "in a residence where there's no minor in the home."
"Josh Duggar has been charged in a two-count indictment. He has pled not guilty to both charges and we intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly. In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you're accused, you can fight back in the courtroom — and that is exactly what Josh intends to do," his attorneys, Justin Gelfand, Travis W. Story and Greg Payne, said in a statement.
Josh will remain in an Arkansas detention center as he awaits a bond hearing.
"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 exclusively told PEOPLE at the time. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation."
"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," he added.
Later that year, Josh also admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, and having a pornography addiction after Gawker reported that he had active accounts on Ashley Madison — a website known for helping their members cheat.
"We just found out this information yesterday," the couple, who previously revealed that they've distanced themselves from the famous family, said in a statement to PEOPLE on Friday. "It is very sad."
Similarly, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar broke their silence after their eldest son's arrest, saying in a joint statement, "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," they added. "We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."