Josh Duggar, whose household grew to become the topic of a TLC actuality present in 2008, was charged with receiving and possessing youngster pornography in Arkansas on Friday.
In a court docket look over Zoom, he pleaded not responsible to each costs.
“Josh Duggar has been charged in a two-count indictment,” his attorneys, Justin Gelfand, Travis W. Story and Greg Payne, mentioned Friday in a press release. “He has pled not responsible to each costs and we intend to defend this case aggressively and totally. On this nation, nobody can cease prosecutors from charging against the law. However once you’re accused, you possibly can combat again within the courtroom—and that’s precisely what Josh intends to do.”
Duggar “allegedly used the web to obtain youngster sexual abuse materials,” the united statesAttorney’s Workplace for the Western District of Arkansas mentioned in a press release.
A number of the materials “depicts the sexual abuse of kids underneath the age of 12, in Might 2019,” in line with the assertion.
If convicted Duggar might face a effective of $250,000 and a jail sentence of as much as 20 years for every rely.
He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and detained on a federal maintain on the Washington County Detention Middle on Thursday, NBC affiliate KNWA beforehand reported.
Duggar, 33, was featured in a actuality present on the TLC community along with his household known as “19 Children and Counting” that ran from 2008 and 2015. The present chronicled the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 kids, of which Duggar was the eldest, and sometimes centered across the household’s spiritual beliefs as religious Baptists.
In 2015, following an In Contact journal report that he was investigated for molesting his 4 youthful sisters and a babysitter, Duggar launched a press release saying he “acted inexcusably” when he was a youngster and was “extraordinarily sorry.” An Arkansas police report indicated Duggar was investigated in 2006 when he was 18. He was by no means arrested or charged with any crime.
The Duggar household appeared to confess to the allegations in an interview with Fox Information in 2015, with father Jim Bob Duggar telling Megyn Kelly his son touched the women over and underneath their clothes as they slept, and that he was “simply interested in women.”
A couple of months later, following the obvious hack of extramarital affairs web site Ashley Madison, Duggar was revealed to have frequented the positioning. He launched a press release following studies by The Hollywood Reporter and Gawker saying he was “so ashamed of the double life that I’ve been residing” and apologized to his spouse.
Josh Duggar checked himself right into a rehabilitation middle not lengthy after, in line with his mom’s weblog.