Josh Duggar Child pornography charges, trial: everything we know
A day after the news broke that Josh Duggar was arrested in Arkansas, Us weekly confirmed that he had been charged with child pornography.
The West Arkansas District Attorney’s Office disclosed the nature of the charges in a press release on April 30.
“A Springdale man was arrested yesterday for receiving and detaining material describing child sexual abuse,” the statement began. “According to court documents, Joshua James Duggar, 33, used the Internet to download child pornography. Duggar allegedly owned this material, some of which describes sexual abuse of children under 12, in May 2019. ”
Josh, the eldest of Jim bob and Michelle Duggar, was held without bail. The news came a few days after his wife, Anna duggar, announced that the couple were expecting their seventh child.
“It’s a girl!!!!!” Anna wrote via Instagram on April 24. “We’re thrilled to announce that the seven-year-old is on the way and can’t wait to have her in our arms this fall!”
The couple, who married in 2008, share six children: Mackynzie (born October 2009), Michael (June 2011), Marcus (June 2013), Meredith (July 2015), Mason (September 2017) and Maryella (November 2019)
Josh is no stranger to controversy. In 2015, he made headlines when court documents resurfaced revealing that he had assaulted five girls – four of whom were related to him – between 2002 and 2003. He was 14 and 15 at the time.
“Twelve years ago, when I was a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends, ”he said in a statement via Facebook at the time. “We spoke with the authorities where I confessed to my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued on this wrong path, I would end up ruining my life.
Josh and Anna’s marriage had another rough patch in August after her Ashley Madison account was revealed. He then sought treatment and the couple began counseling.
“Since the end of the residential treatment program, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps towards recovery,” Josh and Anna wrote in a statement in March 2016. “As the future unfolds , we take one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children. “
Anna has yet to comment publicly on her husband’s recent arrest. Scroll on for everything we know about the case so far: