Inside reality TV star Josh Duggar fall to arrest for child pornography as he faces 20 years in prison


JOSH Duggar’s trial for pedophilia is entering its second week and his life has changed in recent years.

The former 19 Kids and Counting On star is fighting for her freedom against a litany of accusations, years after she was also accused of inappropriately touching underage girls – including some of her sisters.

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Josh Duggar was arrested for child pornography in AprilCredit: AP
His wife, Anna Duggar, has been by his side the whole time

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His wife, Anna Duggar, has been by his side the whole timeCredit: SWNS
Counting On was deleted by TLC following the shocking allegations

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Counting On was deleted by TLC following the shocking allegationsCredit: Rely on / TLC

It’s a tragic story for the ultra-religious Duggar family, who are devout Baptists, and frequently include conversations about purity, modesty, and faith in God.

So where did Josh go wrong? A look back at her troubled life paints a bigger picture.

Josh was born in Tontitown, Washington County, northwest Arkansas on March 3, 1988.

He was the first of 19 children born to Jim Bob and Michelle, and was an original member of the family’s reality show, even allowing cameras to document his 2008 marriage to his wife Anna in an episode titled A Very Duggar. Wedding.

Josh was an original member of the family's first reality TV show, which would eventually be named 19 Kids and Counting.

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Josh was an original member of the family’s first reality TV show, which would eventually be named 19 Kids and Counting.Credit: TLC

Josh’s downfall began in May 2015 when a 2006 police report was unearthed, revealing allegations of sexual assault against the Duggar’s oldest son.

The 33-page report revealed that Jim Bob told police Josh fondled the breasts and genitals of several young victims as they slept at the Duggar family home.

The incidents are said to have all happened between 2002 and 2003, when Josh was 14 and 15 years old.

In an explosive revelation, the police report said four of the five assault victims were his own sisters.

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Two of Josh's alleged victims were his sisters Jill and Jessa

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Two of Josh’s alleged victims were his sisters Jill and JessaCredit: Fox News Insider

In May 2002, a still shocked community voted against Jim Bob, and the career politician lost a leading candidacy for the Republican Senate seat to Senator Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas.

MORE CHARGES

Jim Bob and Michelle were made aware of two other incidents where Josh touched a minor victim.

In one situation he allegedly touched his victim while she was sitting on his lap, and in another he was accused of putting his hand on his victim’s robe in a family laundry room.

Elders at the Duggar Family Church agreed that Josh was in need of treatment.

Jim Bob told cops that Josh attended a Christian counseling program from March 17 to July 17, where he “did manual labor and received counseling,” according to the 2006 police report.

Josh’s parents and church elders spoke to an Arkansas state soldier about the incidents after Josh finished treatment.

LATEST NEWS

In May 2015, the news broke.

Josh took to Facebook to apologize for the allegations, writing “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regretted. I hurt others, including my family and close friends, ”he wrote in a statement.

Josh resigned from his position at the Family Research Council on May 21, 2015.

Josh was forced to resign from his post at the Family Research Council

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Josh was forced to resign from his post at the Family Research CouncilCredit: Rex

After his resignation, FRC President Tony Perkins said: “Josh believes the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current job. We think it’s the best decision for Josh and his family right now. We will pray. for everyone involved. “

CONFIRMATION

In June 2015, Jim Bob and Michelle appeared on television for the first time since Josh’s sexual abuse allegations were announced.

Jim Bob and Michelle discussed Josh's sexual abuse allegations on television.

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Jim Bob and Michelle discussed Josh’s sexual abuse allegations on television.Credit: Getty

Duggar’s parents confirmed that four of Josh’s victims were their daughters, including young Jill and Jessa.

The couple argued that Josh’s records should never have been released under the FOIA and they threatened to sue.

On July 16, 2015, the show was officially canceled.

“After careful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided not to go ahead with 19 Kids and Counting.,“, said a statement posted on the network’s website.

“The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection,” he continued.

The network claimed it planned to run an hour-long special featuring the Duggars and some of the families affected by the abuse.

SHOCK AFFAIR

Just three months later, a new report claimed Josh was using Ashley Madison’s adultery dating service.

Josh said in a statement, “I have been the greatest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly viewed Internet pornography for the past few years and it has become. a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife. “

A personal computer is introduced as evidence at trial

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A personal computer is introduced as evidence at trialCredit: SWNS

Shortly after, pornstar Danica Dillon, real name Ashley Johnston, claimed to have assaulted her during sex.

In an interview with The Sun in 2020, Ashley, 33, described the alleged incident as being so intense “it was like this guy tried to kill me.”

She accused him of choking, spitting and calling her “worthless” during violent sex after they allegedly met at a Philadelphia strip club in 2015.

She claimed he invited her to her room after paying $ 600 for lap dances from her.

Ashley, now married with four children, said Josh “knows what he’s been up to and has to live with his demons.”

Josh has always denied the alleged assault.

A NEW MEMBER

In April, just days before her arrest on two counts of child pornography, Josh and Anna announced they were pregnant with baby number seven.

On October 23, Anna gave birth to a baby girl named Madyson Lily.

Just before the trial, the couple welcomed a new family member

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Just before the trial, the couple welcomed a new family memberCredit: Instagram / Anna Duggar

The couple shared the news with a social media post, captioning the photo, “Meet Little Madyson Lily Duggar,” with a pink heart-shaped emoji.

Anna also re-shared the image in her stories, where she revealed the baby was born at 2:39 a.m. and weighed seven pounds nine ounces.

THE CONSEQUENCES

In the years since the scandals, Josh struggled to keep a steady job and lived with Anna and her six children in a warehouse on Jim Bob and Michelle’s property in Arkansas, The Sun exclusively reported.

Then, on April 29, Josh was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession and Possession of Child Pornography. He pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, he could receive 20 years in prison with fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

Josh and Anna had to move to Jim Bob's estate in Arkansas

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Josh and Anna had to move to Jim Bob’s estate in ArkansasCredit: TLC
Josh and Anna hold hands as he goes to court

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Josh and Anna hold hands as he goes to courtCredit: SWNS
Josh Duggar’s wife Anna holds hands with disgraced star, supports him in child pornography trial

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