Josh Duggar’s alibi becomes latest subject in child pornography case
Federal prosecutors in the Josh Duggar child pornography case have reportedly asked the court to demand that the disgraced TLC star’s legal team provide detailed information on any “intentional” alibi defense. Duggar’s attorneys have claimed that other people have wireless internet access in his used car fleet. They asked the court to dismiss the case, accusing the government of not having “kept” any evidence that could be favorable to the accused. Duggar, 33, was arrested on April 29 and charged with receiving and detaining child pornography.
Prosecutors asked the court to order Duggar to show “any contemplated alibi defense and that this notice include each specific location the defendant claims to have been at at the time of the alleged offense.” The sun reported on October 6. They want specific documents to substantiate Duggar’s alibi “from or around May 14, 2019 until May 16, 2019, between approximately 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day at Wholesale Motors in Tontitown, Arkansas.” The government wants the name, address and phone number of every witness Duggar intends to use to substantiate his alibi.
This request is essentially a challenge for Duggar’s team to provide more evidence to support their claims in the motion to dismiss the case last month. In this case, they claimed that Duggar was not the only person with internet access in his second-hand parking lot, reports The sun. They accused the police of not keeping evidence that could have helped exonerate Duggar during their searches of the company.
Court documents noted that another witness was interviewed on December 16, 2019, and admitted to investigators that he also worked in the field and stayed late to use it without Duggar’s permission. “Witness # 1 admitted to viewing adult pornography on websites he accessed via the Internet on his cell phone and, at the request of these federal agents, denied viewing child pornography,” reads -on in court documents. Police searched the witness’s phone and found no child pornography, but they were charged with not keeping any evidence of the search.
The court documents also mention two other witnesses whose devices were searched by investigators. The defense argued that any evidence obtained from these searches could have helped Duggar. “The devices may have contained content indicating whether these devices had relevant internet search history, evidence associated with the so-called ‘dark web’ and / or the Bit Torrent network, metadata that could locate the devices on different dates and hours, and the list goes on, âread the documents. On this basis, the Duggar team requested the dismissal, but the judge rejected this request.
Prosecutors allege Duggar obtained child pornography mages in May 2019. His used car dealership was searched by US Homeland Security officers in November 2019. During a hearing in May, Homeland Security Special Investigator Gerald Faulkner claimed Duggar received files showing sexual abuse of children between the ages of 18 months and 12 years. Duggar has pleaded not guilty and could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and up to $ 250,000 in fines on each count. His trial is due to begin on November 30.