Josh Duggar Arrested by Federal Brokers in Arkansas
Following his arrest, the household of former 19 Children and Counting star Josh Duggar is talking out.
Federal brokers arrested Josh on April 29 in his dwelling state of Arkansas. In line with the indictment obtained by E! Information, the grand jury charged Josh with receipt of kid pornography and possession of kid pornography in 2019. He pleaded not guilty. Per a press launch from the Division of Justice, Josh faces as much as 20 years of imprisonment and fines as much as $250,000.00 on every depend.
Josh's spouse Anna Duggar simply introduced she is pregnant with the couple's seventh child earlier this month. Neither she nor Josh have commented on the arrest, nevertheless, his legal professional launched a press release to E! Information, stating, "On this nation, nobody can cease prosecutors from charging against the law. However once you're accused, you possibly can battle again within the courtroom—and that's precisely what Josh intends to do."
Since Josh's arrest, many relations have spoken out concerning the critical authorized situation.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Josh's dad and mom, mentioned in a press release to E! Information of the arrest, "We admire your continued prayers for our household right now. The accusations introduced in opposition to Joshua immediately are very critical. It's our prayer that the reality, it doesn't matter what it's, will come to gentle, and that this can all be resolved in a well timed method. We love Josh and Anna and proceed to wish for his or her household."
Jinger Duggar wrote on Instagram, "We're disturbed to listen to of the fees in opposition to Josh. Whereas the case should undergo the authorized system, we wish to make it clear that we completely condemn any type of youngster abuse and totally help the authorities and judicial course of of their pursuit of justice."
In a press release to E! Information, Jill Duggar Dillard, Josh's sister, and her husband Derick Dillard, mentioned on April 29, "We simply came upon this info yesterday. It is vitally unhappy."
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Josh has confronted critical authorized points earlier than. In 2015, an expunged police report from 2006 resurfaced, which said that Josh, 33, had beforehand been accused of molesting five underage girls when he was an adolescent. The victims included four of his sisters. Following the unearthing of the report, the Duggar household's TLC actuality collection 19 Children and Counting was cancelled.
Jim Bob and Michelle mentioned in a press release on the time, "When Josh was a younger teenager, he made some very dangerous errors, and we have been shocked. We had tried to show him proper from fallacious. That darkish and tough time precipitated us to hunt God like by no means earlier than. Regardless that we might by no means select to undergo one thing so horrible, every one in all our relations drew nearer to God."
That very same yr, the web uncovered Josh's account on Ashley Madison, a website for folks to search out extramarital relationships. In a since-edited assertion on the Duggar household weblog, he wrote, "I've been the most important hypocrite ever. Whereas espousing religion and household values, I've secretly during the last a number of years been viewing pornography on the web and this grew to become a secret habit and I grew to become untrue to my spouse."
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