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Josh Duggar child porn arrest


JOSH Duggar is a former television personality best known for his role on the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting.

The Sun exclusively reported that Josh, 33, was arrested and jailed in Arkansas on federal charges on April 29.

At his arraignment in court on Friday, Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was ordered to remain in custody until at least May 5.

According to a new indictment, he was arrested for child porn possession, featuring minors under 12.

His sister Jill spoke out for the first time as she told The Sun that she and her husband Derick are “very sad” and “hope justice is done.”

Jill said: “We’re very sad about the whole thing, it’s horrible. It’s all very sad.

“Josh’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child, I cannot imagine how she is feeling.”

Law student Derick added: “Obviously if there is anything there related to child pornography, we hope that justice is done. 

“I don’t think anybody supports child pornography. We’re sad for Anna, put yourself in her situation and imagine how you would feel if that happened with your family member.

“I imagine it would be really hard.”

Jill and Derick – who left Counting On in 2017 – were spotted earlier on Saturday exercising near their home in Lowell, Arkansas, with their six-year-old son Israel and three-year-old son Samuel.

Read our Josh Duggar live blog for the latest on his arrest… 

  • JILL DUGGAR SAYS SHE HAS A ‘GROWING LIST’ OF PEOPLE SHE’S GRATEFUL FOR

    After a few days of radio silence on social media, the mom of two finally made her come back and shared a bit of her experience at church on Sunday.

    “We were reminded this morning in church about how important community is,” she first wrote.

    “I think I’ve brought this up before, but I’ve literally prayed for good community!! We need others for support, prayer…people to do life with and so much more!

    “I know this last year has tested all of us so much, but sometimes it’s in the difficult times that you see more clearly who your people are as they become the hands and feet of Jesus!

    “Do you have good community or are you in a season where you’re praying for and being intentional to build community (…yeah, sometimes it takes some work!)?

    “Who are you grateful for today? I have a growing list!”

  • CLAIRE DUGGAR GUSHED OVER HER HUSBAND JUSTIN AMID JOSH’S ARREST

    As the family now deals with Josh possibly going to jail for decades over child pornography charges, Claire celebrated joining the family.

    Along with a picture of her and Justin during their engagement shoot, she wrote: “As I look back on this day two years ago, I met this amazing guy!

    “My world was forever changed. This is one of my favorite photos from our engagement pictures!”

  • LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD’S JACOB ROLOFF SLAMS TLC’S RESPONSE TO JOSH DUGGAR’S ARREST

    Jacob, who has had a bone to pick with TLC for years, slammed the company for not further condemning Josh’s action as he was charged with posession of child pornography.

    He claimed: “TLC’s statement of essentially ‘he hasn’t been on air in a while,’ completely sidesteps the dynamic of being able to air terrible people with sometimes terrible producers for often terrible motives for beaucoup ratings and profits (and still profiting).

    “But, when the ‘terrible’ of all that gets uncovered, TLC walks away with the beaucoup profits … and nothing else (maybe a twin spin-off).

    “They treat their own products (shows, talent) in a liability sense, as contracted out and completely detached from them and their responsibility (which may or may not be legally true) when in fact these shows were conceptualized and distributed by them.”

     

  • FEDERAL JUDGE WANTS TO HEAR DUGGAR GIRLS’ LAWSUIT IN FALL

    Jessa and Jill will get to talk to a judge after they – and two of their sisters – filed a federal lawsuit over the release of the police reports of the alleged molestation at the hands of their brother Josh to the media, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

    Back in 2015, InTouch Weekly had obtained legal docs that claimed Josh molested five female minors in the early 2000s.

    No charges were pressed because the statue of limitation had run out.

    Jill and Jessa came forward as two of the victims and claimed they forgave their brother a long time ago.

    The case is set for September 20 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, according to the outlet.

  • JILL DUGGAR TAKES A BIKE RIDE AMID JOSH’S ARREST

    Josh’s younger sister decided to spend her Saturday riding her bike and spending time with her two sons, Israel and Samuel, and husband Derick Dillard.

    The family of four was photographed as they did a few laps around their neighborhood.

    Credit: Coleman-Rayner
  • AMY DUGGAR TURNS TO MUSIC FOR PEACE OF MIND

    Amy took to Instagram on Saturday night to lose herself in music as she can’t believe her cousin Josh was arrested over child pornography charges.

    “He is here for the broken and life to the one who is undone,” the lyrics read.

    “He is peace to the wounded.”

  • JINGER DUGGAR SHARED CRYPTIC QUOTE DAYS BEFORE JOSH’S ARREST

    It seemed like Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo attempted to keep their faith close as the news of her brother’s arrest due to child pornography as they shared quotes on social media.

    She shared on her Instagram: “The storms of life might drag us underwater, but, like a buoy in an ocean, our hope in Christ pulls us back to the surface.”

  • DERRICK DILLARD LIKES TWEET ABOUT TRUTH COMING TO LIGHT

    Despite remaining quiet on social media after Josh’s arrest, Derrick liked a tweet from a fan that sent them love and support.

    The tweet read: “I am sending you, Derick, and your beautiful wife @jillmdillard so much love and prayers right now.

    “The truth always, always comes to light. Thank you for shining yours so brightly every day. God bless and keep you.”

    Fans will know that back in 2015, Jill and Jessa came forward as two of the five female minors Josh had molested back in the early 2000s.

  • DERRICK DILLARD LIKES TWEET SLAMMING JIM BOB AND JOSH DUGGAR

    Despite him and his wife Jill remaining quiet after the charges against Josh were exposed, Derrick appreciated the support they were getting from fans.

    He specifically liked a tweet that claimed the direction of Counting On had been lost thanks for the patriarch of the family.

    “Counting On was to be about the older children, minus Josh and his parents,” the tweet read.

    “We have been seeing a lot of Michelle & JB in CO and we all know where the money goes. It speaks volumes that Josh and his family live on the property while Jill has not been to the house in years.”

  • AMY DUGGAR NEEDS A VACATION

    Amid the horrendous charges pressed against her cousin Josh, Amy is ready to run away from it all.

    “I need a Maycation. I may come back and I may not,” she wrote on Twitter Saturday.

    The Duggar cousin told The Sun on Friday that she was shocked and speechless after it was revealed Josh was jailed for child pornography.

  • NEXT COURT APPEARANCE ON MAY 5

    A detention hearing has been set for May 5 at 1:30pm to determine if he could be released on bail, as the government requested he remain behind bars.

    If released, the judge said Josh must reside with a third party.

    She said Friday’s hearing: “The court would likely require a third party custodian that he could reside with that would ensure compliance with the conditions of bond.

  • WHAT ARE THE CHARGES HE’S FACING?

    According to the indictment, Josh “knowingly received child pornography” between or about May 14, 2019 and on or about May 16, 2019.

    For the second count, Duggar “knowingly possessed material that contained images of child pornography,” including “images of minors under the age of 12.”

    According the Department of Justice, Duggar “allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019.”

    He has pleaded not guilty and his attorney’s said they intend to “defend this case aggressively and thoroughly.”

  • SISTER AND HUSBAND SEEN IN LA DAYS BEFORE ARREST 

    Duggar’s sister Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, went shopping in LA just days before her disgraced brother’s child porn arrest.

    The happy family were spotted out and about in Hollywood with pal, entrepreneur and celebrity chef, Jeremy Fall, who hosts the Facebook watch TV series Beats For Breakfast.

    Jinger and Jeremy appeared in good spirits as they made their way around the shops with their two children, Felicity, two, and Evangeline Jo, 5 months.

    Read more here.

  • JILL DUGGAR’S HUSBAND LIKES SHOW CANCELLATION CALL TWEETS

    Derick Dillard has been on a Twitter spree “liking” comments suggesting Counting On should be scrapped following Josh Duggar’s child porn arrest.

    Jill starred on 19 Kids and Counting as well as spin-off Counting On, until 2017, when she quit three years after their marriage.

    It appears Derick thinks the TLC series should now be scrapped for good, as he clicked the red heart icon next to a Tweet which read: “Hey TLC #canceltheduggars.”

  • DUGGAR’S SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW SPEAK OUT AFTER ARREST

    Jessa Duggar Seewald and Ben Seewald have spoken out following the arrest of Josh.

    Jessa and Ben both posted the same statement on their Instagram Stories in reaction to the news of Josh’s arrest on child pornography charges.

    “We are saddened to hear of the charges against Josh,” their joint statement began.

    “As Christians, we stand against any form of pornography or abuse and we desire for the truth to be exposed, whatever that may be.”

  • WHO IS ANNA’S SISTER SUSANNA KELLER?

    Josh and Anna Duggar have been known to keep their personal life relatively private, though they have recently popped up in photos with her sister Susanna over the past few years.

    Last month, Susanna gave fans a look at her newborn son Nash by sharing a snap of the newborn in his car seat wearing a hat that read “little man.”

    Back in March, Susanna hosted a baby shower in Florida before baby Nash’s arrival.

    Susanna revealed in October she was pregnant with her second child, after having defied her family’s strict rules by having her first baby out of wedlock.

    Radar Online previously reported that the Duggars, under patriarch Jim Bob, shunned Susanna after she gave birth to Noelle at just 20-years old-without marrying her child’s father, ex-boyfriend Jonathan Walsh.

    Anna, 32, and her husband Josh, 32, previously risked the Duggar family’s wrath in order to attend Susanna’s wedding.

  • DOES ANNA APPEAR ON COUNTING ON?

    Following Josh’s molestation claims, the Duggar family’s show 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled on TLC.

    While he has never appeared on the spin-off Counting On, Anna and their kids have been known to make rare appearances on the reality show.

    Back in March, the 32-year-old made a briefly appeared on Counting On season 11 yesterday, despite her husband’s previous banishment from the show.

    In the short clip, the ex-reality star joined mother-in-law Michelle and sisters-in-law Jessa and Joy-Anna as the group made cute Easter hats with their group of children.

    The mom of six carefully watched over her kids to make sure they didn’t burn themselves with a hot glue gun.

    Anna expressed her happiness that her older kids were becoming more independent, as she gushed: “It’s fun seeing the older ones do it on their own.” 

  • JILL LEANS ON FAITH AFTER JOSH’S ARREST

    Just days after her older brother Josh was arrested, Jill Duggar took to her Instagram Story to share a Christian song.

    Alongside a black backdrop, the lyrics to He Will Hold Me Fast by Keith & Kristyn Getty appeared as the song played.

    Kristyn sang: “He will hold me fast. For my savior loves me so. He will hold me fast.”

    The 29-year-old also shared a swipe up link for her followers to listen to the song on YouTube.

  • WHAT HAS ANNA DUGGAR SAID ABOUT HER MISCARRIAGE?

    Back in 2010, Anna and Josh lost a baby when she suffered a miscarriage.

    The 32-year-old reflected on the loss during an interview with Meredith Vieira on The Today Show, stating: “It was very hard to go through the excitement of finding out we were expecting a little one and then losing it.”

    The couple relied their faith for helping them through the difficult time, sharing: “One thing that really helped was thanking God, thanking him in the good times and thanking him when things don’t go the way we expected them to.

    “If you thank God it really, really releases you and helps you to be able to go on with life.”

  • HOW MANY KIDS DOES JOSH DUGGAR HAVE?

    Josh is the father to six children, while his wife Anna Duggar is currently pregnant with their seventh child.

    On October 9, 2009, Anna gave birth to daughter Mackynzie Renée in their home.

    Anna then got pregnant again in mid-2010, though the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.

    The couple next welcomed son Michael James on June 15, 2011.

    On June 2, 2013, their third child Marcus Anthony was born at the home of a nearby midwife.

    Daughter Meredith Grace was then born on July 16, 2015.

    The couple’s next son Mason Garrett was born September 12, 2017.

    On November 27, 2019, Anna gave birth to their sixth child Maryella Hope  at 9:12 a.m.

    Anna announced that the couple is expecting their seventh child, a girl, in late April just days before Josh was arrested.

  • JESSA AND JILL PREVIOUSLY FORGAVE JOSH

    Back in 2015, Jessa and Jill Duggar sat down for an interview with Megyn Kelly following claims that Josh had touched them inappropriately in their sleep.

    While stating that they were victims in the scenario, the sisters also defended their older brother.

    Jessa said at the time:“I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, [like] some people are saying.

    “I’m like, ‘That is so overboard and a lie, really.’ I mean, people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”

  • QUESTIONABLE CONDITIONS?

    Josh Duggar is currently being held at an Arkansas jail after his arrest earlier this week, though the conditions may not be safe for the reality star and other inmates.

    Back in May 2020, The Arkansas Times reported that a lawsuit was filed against the prison for conditions that may create a serious risk for disease amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The filing asked for “more separation, hygiene supplies and release or home detention of some prisoners particularly at risk” of contracting the virus as the state experienced mass outbreaks of Covid-19.

    Federal Judge Kristine Baker eventually denied the request.

     

  • WHAT HAPPENED WITH JOSH DUGGAR IN 2015?

    Josh’s arrest comes just six years after claims the shamed ex-reality star molested five girls as a teen.

    Anna and the Duggar family stood by him through his disturbing sex abuse scandal in 2015.

    That year, In Touch Weekly uncovered a 33-page Arkansas police report claiming Jim Bob confessed to local authorities that his eldest son fondled young girls while they were asleep in the Duggar family home back in 2002.

    The In Touch report also claimed that in 2006, the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline received a tip that there was abuse happening in the Duggar household, and the Springdale Police Department reached out to the family for interviews.

    Following the bombshell 2015 report, Josh addressed the allegations, claiming: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.

  • DUGGAR FANS URGE JOSH’S WIFE ANNA TO ‘RUN’ (CONTINUED…)

    At his arraignment in court on Friday, Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was ordered to remain in custody until at least May 5.

    According to a new indictment, he was arrested for child porn possession, featuring minors under 12.

    Anna‘s followers have now expressed their worries for the mom of six, especially as she will give birth to their seventh child in the fall. Yet she has remained adamant she is “standing by” her spouse amid the federal charge, as exclusively revealed by The Sun.

    One of Anna’s fans took to Twitter to simply urge the star, who married Josh in 2008, to “run.”

    Another wrote: “I know she’s basically been brainwashed but… run anna duggar, run,” as a third continued: “Girl you need to RUN fast!!!! Open your dam eyes! Help your kids!!”

  • DUGGAR FANS URGE JOSH’S WIFE ANNA TO ‘RUN’ FROM TROUBLED HUSBAND

    ANNA Duggar’s fans urged the pregnant star to “run” from husband Josh after he was booked for child porn possession.

    The Sun exclusively reported that 19 Kids and Counting personality Josh, 33, was arrested and jailed in Arkansas on federal charges on April 29.

    Read more here.



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