Josh Duggar has been billed with receiving and possessing child pornography following his arrest on Thursday, April 29.
“According to court paperwork, Joshua James Duggar, 33, allegedly made use of the net to obtain child sexual abuse substance,” the U.S. Attorney’s Workplace in the Western District of Arkansas explained in a push release on Friday, April 30. “Duggar allegedly possessed this substance, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of small children less than the age of 12, in May possibly 2019.”
Duggar pleaded not guilty to the fees all through his arraignment on Friday. He is nevertheless currently being held with no bond but can ask for to be released throughout a listening to established for May well 5. His trial is scheduled to commence July 6, with pretrial proceedings commencing five times before. If convicted, he faces up to 20 decades in prison and $250,000 in fines for every single rely.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star, 33, was taken into custody and placed on a federal maintain at the Washington County jail in Arkansas. He was detained without bond.
The news broke just days right after his spouse, Anna Duggar, introduced that the couple are expecting their seventh child. They share six youngsters with each other: Mackynzie, 11, Michael, 9, Marcus, 7, Meredith, 5, Mason, 3, and Maryella, 17 months.
Anna, 32, uncovered their hottest pregnancy information in an Instagram submit on Friday, April 23. “It’s a Girl!!!!!” she wrote. “We are overjoyed to announce newborn seven is on the way and we can not hold out to keep her in our arms this slide!”
When a commenter questioned her if Josh even worked to assist the pair’s large spouse and children, Anna clapped back, “Yes, my husband is a diligent employee and offers properly for our spouse and children.”
The Duggars wed in 2008 just after dating for just over a year. In Might 2015, InTouch Weekly obtained a police report alleging that Josh experienced molested 5 underage women between 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 and 15 several years previous. He responded to the accusations in a statement posted to his family’s Facebook site.
“Twelve a long time in the past, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am incredibly sorry and deeply regret,” he reported at the time. “I damage other individuals, like my loved ones and close friends. I confessed this to my mother and father who took quite a few measures to assist me handle the predicament. We spoke with the authorities exactly where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my mother and father organized for me and people afflicted by my steps to get counseling. I understood that if I ongoing down this incorrect street that I would conclusion up ruining my lifestyle.”
Three months later, Josh confessed to dishonest on Anna right after his identify appeared in a knowledge breach for the dating web site Ashley Madison, which caters to individuals in relationships in search of to have affairs.
“I have been the most significant hypocrite at any time,” Josh claimed in a assertion at the time. “While espousing religion and family members values, I have secretly about the very last numerous several years been viewing pornography on the web and this became a secret dependancy and I became unfaithful to my spouse. I am so ashamed of the double daily life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has prompted my wife and family members, and most of all Jesus and all these who profess faith in Him.”
Josh, who is the eldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, then entered a six-month rehab method at a religion-primarily based treatment method facility.
“We are so grateful for all people who worked with Josh in this software,” the household said in a March 2016 assertion. “It was a vital to start with phase in restoration and therapeutic for Josh. Josh has now returned to Arkansas, the place he will proceed specialist counseling and concentrate on rebuilding associations with his spouse and children.”
Following his release from the facility, Josh started marriage counseling with Anna. “It isn’t uncomplicated and some times are quite hard,” the pair wrote on their web site in May perhaps 2016. “It is a extended road to rebuild belief and a definitely healthful partnership. We are very grateful for God’s forgiveness, grace and enable, as it is our toughness and tutorial to rebuilding our lives. As the long term unfolds, we are having a single working day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of those of us and our sweet youngsters.”
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez