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’19 Kids and Counting’ star Josh Duggar found guilty in child porn trial


The jury deciding the fate of former reality TV star Joshua Duggar found him guilty on two chargesThe jury of six men and six women began deliberations shortly after noon Wednesday. After a break Wednesday evening, they came back and released their verdict Thursday morning.Duggar was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fine.Duggar was immediately taken into custody. The judge said a sentencing hearing will be scheduled in about four months.Electronic EvidencePolice arrested Duggar earlier this year. Federal prosecutors say he used a torrent service to download images showing the sexual abuse of toddlers and other children onto a computer in May 2019.Both the prosecution and defense called computer experts to the stand. Testimony centered on how certain it was that Duggar was the one who used his work computer to download the child pornography in question.The prosecution used geolocation, timestamps, and text messages to link Duggar to his Springdale car lot at around the same time the child pornography was downloaded.The defense argued that the content could have been downloaded the material remotely or by another person at the car lot.2003 IncidentsThe final prosecution witness called on Monday was Bobye Holt, a family friend of the Duggars. Holt testified about an incident on March 30, 2003, where Duggar allegedly touched the private parts of four juveniles aged 5 to 12.Judge Timothy L. Brooks instructed the jury that Duggar was not on trial for child molestation, but the testimony could be used to help establish a motive for the child pornography charges.Brooks said if the jury was not unanimous in their findings that the incidents described occurred, then they should not use the testimony to help them reach a verdict.Who Is Josh Duggar?Joshua Duggar is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, and was a star on the television show “19 Kids and Counting.”Joshua served as executive director of the Family Research Council, and led rallies against LGBTQ rights, including a seven-state “Faith, Family, Freedom” tour.He resigned from the Family Research Council after sexual misconduct allegations made when he was a juvenile were reported. Duggar went into what his family called “long-term rehab.”

The jury deciding the fate of former reality TV star Joshua Duggar found him guilty on two charges

The jury of six men and six women began deliberations shortly after noon Wednesday. After a break Wednesday evening, they came back and released their verdict Thursday morning.

Duggar was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fine.

Duggar was immediately taken into custody. The judge said a sentencing hearing will be scheduled in about four months.

Electronic Evidence

Police arrested Duggar earlier this year. Federal prosecutors say he used a torrent service to download images showing the sexual abuse of toddlers and other children onto a computer in May 2019.

Both the prosecution and defense called computer experts to the stand. Testimony centered on how certain it was that Duggar was the one who used his work computer to download the child pornography in question.

The prosecution used geolocation, timestamps, and text messages to link Duggar to his Springdale car lot at around the same time the child pornography was downloaded.

The defense argued that the content could have been downloaded the material remotely or by another person at the car lot.

2003 Incidents

The final prosecution witness called on Monday was Bobye Holt, a family friend of the Duggars. Holt testified about an incident on March 30, 2003, where Duggar allegedly touched the private parts of four juveniles aged 5 to 12.

Judge Timothy L. Brooks instructed the jury that Duggar was not on trial for child molestation, but the testimony could be used to help establish a motive for the child pornography charges.

Brooks said if the jury was not unanimous in their findings that the incidents described occurred, then they should not use the testimony to help them reach a verdict.

Who Is Josh Duggar?

Joshua Duggar is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, and was a star on the television show “19 Kids and Counting.”

Joshua served as executive director of the Family Research Council, and led rallies against LGBTQ rights, including a seven-state “Faith, Family, Freedom” tour.

He resigned from the Family Research Council after sexual misconduct allegations made when he was a juvenile were reported. Duggar went into what his family called “long-term rehab.”

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