Josh Duggar, former 19 Kids and Counting star, was released from jail after appearing in a virtual court for allegedly being in possession of child pornography.
According to the online government records, Josh Duggar was arrested on Thursday, 29 April 2021, for being in possession of child pornography. Furthermore, according to the US Attorney’s Office, Duggar could possibly face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250 000 on each count.
The federal grand jury of the Western District of Arkansas indicated that Duggar “knowingly” received images of children under the age of 12. The former reality television star has been charged on two counts pertaining to child pornography. The case is being prosecuted in part by national initiative Project Safe Childhood, a program started in 2006 by the Department of Justice to protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation.
Duggar appeared in a virtual court on Friday, 30 April 2021. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of downloading and possessing images and videos depicting sexual abuse of minor children, some as young as toddlers. On Monday, 3 May 2021, Duggar’s attorney stated that they intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly.
Judge Comstock decided to release Duggar from jail after several witnesses testified about the charges against Duggar. It later came to light that Duggar has been involved in more than 1 000 cases of child pornography, according to Special Agent Gerald Faulkner.
Under further investigation, Faulkner told the judge that investigators found evidence of a known child pornography series on Duggar’s computer, located at his car dealership business. He also stated that the images were “in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.”
This is not the first time that Duggar is in trouble with the law. A 2006 police report revealed that he had been investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls. His sisters, Jill, now 29, and Jessica, now 28, came forward as two of the victims.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, 1 July 2021, while the trial will begin on Sunday, 6 July 2021.