Story at a glance

  • Josh Duggar, 33, was found guilty on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography.
  • The jury deliberated for seven hours after Duggar’s six-day trial before reaching its verdict.
  • Duggar faces 20 years in prison as well as fines of up to $250,000 for each count at sentencing.

Josh Duggar was found guilty of possessing and receiving child pornography on Thursday in Arkansas.

The jury deliberated for seven hours after Duggar’s six-day trial before reaching its verdict, according to NBC Fayetteville

The trial began Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Fayetteville, Ark. with Duggar, 33, facing federal charges on two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors alleged that Duggar was in possession of 200 or more images showing the sexual abuse of children ranging from toddlers to 12-year-olds.

The jury was allowed to hear testimony from a family friend, who testified Monday during a pretrial hearing that Duggar admitted to her in 2003 he had molested four girls. The four girls were his sisters, and he later acknowledged sexually assaulting a babysitter.


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Ahead of sentencing, which is expected to occur in four months, Duggar is facing up to 20 years in prison, as well as fines of up to $250,000 for each count.

His defense attorney Justin Gelfand told NBC Fayetteville that they plan to appeal.

Duggar and his extended family were the subject of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” which was removed from air in 2015 after it was revealed that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter when he was a teenager. 


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Published on Dec 09, 2021