Reality Star Josh Duggar Booked on Child Pornography Charges
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Former reality star Josh Duggar has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, TVGrapevine has learned. He was arrested and placed on federal hold yesterday. He is currently being held without bond.
“According to court documents, Joshua James Duggar, 33, allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Arkansas said in a press release on Friday, April 30. “Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019.”
The 19 Kids and Counting alum pleaded not guilty to the charges and will be held in jail until May 5th. At that time, he can request to be released during his hearing. The trial is currently set for July 6th (with the pretrial beginning July 1) and he faces up to 20 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine for each count.
The news comes just days after Josh’s wife Anna announced her seventh pregnancy. If he is released on bail, he will have to live in a place where he has no exposure to minors.