Former reality TV star Josh Duggar convicted of child porn possession

A federal jury in Arkansas on Thursday convicted former truth Television star Josh Duggar of downloading and possessing boy or girl pornography.

The jury in Fayetteville, about 225 kilometres (140 miles) northwest of Minimal Rock, observed the 33-year-old Duggar guilty on one rely each and every of acquiring and possessing little one pornography. He faces up to 20 yrs in jail and fines of up to $250,000 US for every depend when he is sentenced at a afterwards day.

Duggar and his big Arkansas relatives starred on TLC’s 19 Little ones and Counting until the community cancelled the demonstrate in 2015 subsequent revelations that he experienced molested 4 of his sisters and a babysitter. Authorities commenced investigating the abuse in 2006 just after receiving a suggestion from a loved ones buddy but concluded that the statute of restrictions on any probable costs had expired.

Duggar’s parents mentioned he had confessed to the fondling and apologized. Duggar later apologized for a pornography addiction and for dishonest on his spouse.

The judge in the little one porn scenario dominated that jurors could hear testimony about how in 2003, Duggar admitted to molesting 4 women. A household buddy testified that Duggar told her about the abuse.

The Duggar household poses for a photograph in 2008, shortly immediately after dad and mom Jim Bob and Michelle announced they were being expecting their 18th boy or girl. Josh Duggar could face up to 20 yrs in prison and fines of $250,000 for every rely for downloading and possessing youngster pornography. (Beth Hall/The Connected Push)

Federal authorities claimed they began investigating following a Tiny Rock police detective discovered baby porn data files have been remaining shared by a pc traced to Duggar.

A federal agent testified in Could that pictures depicting the sexual abuse of little ones, including toddlers, have been downloaded in 2019 onto a laptop at a motor vehicle dealership Duggar owned.

Duggar’s attorney argued that someone else downloaded or uploaded the photos onto Duggar’s computer. But the jury wasn’t swayed.

Duggar’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, who also starred on the actuality clearly show, is operating in a particular election for a vacant point out Senate seat in northwestern Arkansas. He previously served in the Arkansas Residence.