Both sides rest in child pornography trial of ex-reality TV star Josh Duggar


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FILE – This undated photo provided by the Washington County Jail (Ark.) Shows Joshua Duggar. A federal judge has said no phones, laptops or recording devices will be allowed in the trial scheduled for next week for former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who faces child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks has issued the order before the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Fayetteville. (Washington County Jail in Arkansas via AP, file)

The defense rested Tuesday in the Arkansas federal trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar after a prosecutor severely questioned a computer expert during state cross-examination.

Duggar, 33, is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted. His federal trial began last week. The prosecution closed its case on Monday, and Duggar’s lawyers began calling witnesses soon after.

When questioned by Duggar’s attorneys, forensic computer analyst Michele Bush said the computer the child pornography was downloaded to could have been accessed remotely. The defense argued that someone else downloaded or placed the child pornography on Duggar’s workplace computer, noting that no child pornography was found on Duggar’s phone or laptop. Duggar.

But Bush admitted to prosecutors that the 10 years of experience she claimed as a computer forensic analyst included time as a college student, KNWA-TV reported.

Bush told the defense that she testified several times in court as an expert witness. But when challenged by prosecutor William Clayman over how many times she had testified in a case in federal criminal court, she first said she should check her resume, then admitted when A follow-up questioning that the Duggar case could be his first, the station reported.

Closing arguments were scheduled for Wednesday and jury deliberations would follow.

The second day of Bush’s testimony came hours after a friend of the Duggar family said Duggar admitted in 2003 to assaulting four young girls, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Duggar, featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting”, was charged in April. Prosecutors said child pornography was downloaded to the computer in May 2019.

TLC pulled the reality show in 2015 following revelations that Duggar assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter. In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his porn addiction and cheating on his wife, calling himself “the greatest hypocrite of all time.”

Duggar’s trial takes place as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, runs in a special election for a vacant seat in the Northwestern Arkansas State Senate. Jim Bob Duggar has also featured prominently on the TLC show and previously served at Arkansas House.

Jim Bob Duggar is one of four Republicans to seek nomination for their party. Early voting began on Tuesday and the primary is set for December 14.


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