Josh Duggar the deviant eldest child of the Duggar clan has been found guilty of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the United States District Court Western District of Arkansas Fayetteville Division. “We appreciate the jury’s lengthy deliberations, we respect the jury’s verdict, and we intend to appeal,” said Justin Gelfand, Duggar’s attorney.
Josh was arrested on the 29th April and arraigned on 30th April on federal charges of receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Arkansas. He allegedly downloaded material that depicted the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, the US attorney’s office said in a statement. He has pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
Homeland Security Special Agent Gerald Faulkner testified that pornography containing young children was found on a desktop computer at Josh’s business in Springdale, Arkansas.
One of the files, according to Agent Faulkner, depicted children ranging from 18 months to 12 years of age. Agent Faulkner said in his 11 years of being an investigator those images are “in the top five of the worst I have ever had to examine.”
Josh is the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, whose large family and “fake devout conservative Christian” upbringing were the subject of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” The show was canceled in 2015 in the wake of the revelation that Josh Duggar molested girls when he was a teenager, including his sister. He was never charged in relation to those allegations.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar posted a statement on their family website about the “very serious accusations” their son is facing. “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,” they said.
Josh faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count when he’s sentenced.
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