Josh Duggar Convicted in Child Pornography Case

Former reality-TV star faces 40 years in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 9, 2021 10:55 AM CST
Reality TV's Josh Duggar Guilty in Child Porn Case
This undated photo shows Josh Duggar.   (Washington County Jail via AP, File)

(Newser) – A federal jury in Arkansas on Thursday convicted former reality-TV star Josh Duggar of downloading and possessing child pornography, per the AP. The jury in Fayetteville found the 33-year-old Duggar guilty on one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count when he's sentenced at a later date. Duggar and his large Arkansas family starred on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting until the network canceled the show in 2015 following revelations that he'd molested four of his sisters and a babysitter.

Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired. Duggar's parents said he'd confessed to the fondling and apologized. Duggar later apologized for a pornography addiction and for cheating on his wife. The judge in the child porn case ruled that jurors could hear testimony about how in 2003, Duggar admitted to molesting four girls. A family friend testified that Duggar told her about the abuse. Federal authorities said they began investigating after a Little Rock police detective found child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar.

A federal agent testified in May that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned. Duggar's attorney argued that someone else downloaded or uploaded the images onto Duggar's computer. But the jury wasn't swayed. Duggar's father Jim Bob Duggar, who also starred on the reality show, is running in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in northwestern Arkansas. He previously served in the Arkansas House. (Read more Josh Duggar stories.)

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