Hit with Child Pornography Charges
4/30/2021 9:54 AM PT
Josh Duggar‘s just been hit with charges of receiving and possessing child pornography following his arrest by federal agents in Arkansas.
According to the legal docs, the “19 Kids and Counting” star knowingly received child porn in mid-May 2019. He’s accused of knowingly possessing images of child pornography, including images of minors below the age of 12.
Duggar’s been charged by indictment with receiving and possessing child pornography — one count each. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000.00 on each count.
He’s been ordered to forfeit any material related to the case to authorities, including turning over any and all computer equipment.
Duggar appeared before the judge at the Western District of Arkansas Federal Court from jail via Zoom, where he entered a plea of not guilty on all counts.
A court hearing’s set for next week to determine if Duggar will be granted bond release, but he’s to remain in custody until then. The judge ruled if bond is granted … Duggar will be required to stay with a third-party custodian, and that person can’t have unsupervised minors in the home.
His trial is scheduled for July.
We broke the story … Duggar was arrested Thursday by the feds in Washington County, and was being held in a detention center without bail.
The reality star’s mug shot, obtained by this publication, showed him posing with a strange smirk on his face.
As we reported … Homeland Security agents visited the Arkansas car dealership where he worked back in November 2019, raiding his office in connection to a federal probe.
Duggar’s legal counsel Justin Gelfand, Travis W. Story and Greg Payne, tell us, “Josh Duggar has been charged in a two-count indictment. He has pled not guilty to both charges and we intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly.”
They continue, “In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom—and that is exactly what Josh intends to do.”