Josh Duggar found guilty in child pornography trial, faces up to 20 years in prison.
The jury found Josh Duggar guilty on both charges of receiving and possessing child pornography on the final day of his child pornography trial. For each offense, Duggar may face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
Sentencing will take place in around four months, according to Judge Timothy Brooks. After the verdict was delivered, Duggar was taken into custody. After the judgment, defense attorney Justin Gelfand stated that they intend to appeal the case.
Closing arguments occurred on the morning of December 8, and after seven hours of deliberation, the judgement was reached on December 9. The trial lasted six days and the defense brought two witnesses, while the prosecution called ten witnesses.
Michele Bush, a computer forensics expert, and Daniel Wilcox, a former Homeland Security Investigations task force member and Rogers Police Department narcotics officer, were the defense witnesses.
The prosecution summoned ten witnesses, including Jim and Bobye Holt, who stated they knew the Duggars and were acquainted with them. According to her testimony, Josh admitted to Holt about assaulting young girls when he was a teenager.
On April 29, 2021, Duggar was arrested. On May 5, 2021, he was transferred from police custody to a third-party custodian. Duggar made an appearance on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” which hasn’t aired since 2015.
In 2015, TLC canceled Duggar’s reality program after allegations that he assaulted four of his sisters and a caregiver. Duggar confessed publicly to his pornography addiction and cheating on his wife in 2015, calling himself “the greatest hypocrite ever.”
Duggar’s trial is taking place as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, bids for a vacant state Senate seat in Northwest Arkansas in a special election. Jim Bob Duggar, who was once a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, was also a key figure in the TLC show.
Jim Bob Duggar is one of four Republicans seeking the party’s nomination. The primary will be held on December 14 and early voting will begin on Tuesday, December 7.
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