Josh Duggar found guilty in child pornography trial

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Josh Duggar has been found guilty on child pornography charges, a jury in Arkansas ruled on Thursday.

Duggar learned his fate in the ongoing federal trial on Thursday morning shortly after 10 a.m. local time. 

The former “19 Kids and Counting” star, 33, was found guilty on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A verdict has been reached in ‘19 Kids and Counting’ alum Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial.
(Washington County Police Department)

Whether Duggar’s past molestation scandal could be introduced during the trial was a point of tension between the prosecution and the defense. A judge ultimately ruled that it could be introduced, and the scandal was discussed as the prosecution tried to prove that the former reality star downloaded child pornography on a computer at his workplace.

Duggar’s family friend Bobye Holt took the stand and claimed the star confessed to molesting multiple young girls during a conversation back in 2003.

The defense had argued that someone else downloaded or placed the child pornography onto the computer at Duggar’s workplace, noting that no child pornography was found on Duggar’s phone or laptop.

Prosecution against Duggar included discussion of his previous molestation scandal.
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Duggar, featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show, was charged in April. Prosecutors said child pornography was downloaded to the computer in May 2019.

TLC pulled the reality TV show in 2015 over revelations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his pornography addiction and cheating on his wife, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever.”

Josh Duggar’s wife Anna has remained by his side during the trial. Anna was photographed walking into the federal courthouse in Arkansas holding hands with her husband. 
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Duggar’s trial took place as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, runs in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar was also featured prominently on the TLC show and previously served in the Arkansas House.

Jim Bob previously testified during an evidentiary hearing. He was subpoenaed by the prosecution and confirmed his son had come to him around 2002 with the admission that he inappropriately touched four minor females, identified as Jane Does 1 through 4. However, Jim Bob said he couldn’t remember the specifics of the conversation when pressed by the government. 

Many of Duggar’s family members attended his trial over the last week. On Tuesday, Jim Bob sat in the third row during the court session, next to Joy-Anna Duggar’s husband Austin Forsyth, according to a report. He was seen speaking with Jana Duggar and other family members during breaks in the trial. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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