Former Reality TV Star Josh Duggar, Sentenced to Over a Decade in Prison for Possession of Child Porn

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Former Reality Star Josh Duggar was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of child porn. The “19 Kids and Counting” cast member will spend 151 months, or 12 years and seven months, behind bars after his sentencing on Wednesday.

Because Duggar did not “knowingly distribute” pornography, one of the disgraced reality star’s previous charges was dismissed without prejudice, ruled judge Timothy Brooks of the Western District of Arkansas, according to sentencing documents obtained by ET.

“No reaction” was given by Duggar, 34, while he learned his fate. There was also no visible reaction from Duggar’s wife, Anna, and dad, Jim Bob, reported the Sun.

The father of 7 will serve out his sentence either at a prison in Seagoville, Texas or at a facility in Texarkana, Arkansas. Because it has a “good” sex offender program, Brooks recommended Seagoville. However, placement will depend on available bed space.

There was a possibility that Duggar could have been sentenced to up to 20 years and fines up to $250,000 per count. His legal team asked that he only spend five years in prison, although he was already a convicted sex offender.

The 30-page defense filing states that Duggar initially wanted a “sufficient, but not greater than necessary” sentence and claims he “lived an admirable life while navigating unique challenges associated with being in the public spotlight since childhood.”

Prosecutors argued that Duggar possessed a “deep-seated, pervasive and violent sexual interest in children in the pre-sentencing filing.” At the sentencing hearing, the report had more than 20 objections from Duggar’s legal team.

In April 2021, Duggar was arrested after the discovery, made by a Little Rock, Arkansas, detective, of child porn files being shared by a computer were traced back to him.

Duggar downloaded the images, some including toddlers, onto a computer at a car dealership he owned in 2019, investigators said in their testimony.

Following allegations that the oldest Duggar boy molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier, the family’s show was canceled by TLC in 2015. He gave a public apology for his actions.

For cheating on his wife, he again apologized and months later admitted to pornography addiction. For his addiction, he completed a stint in rehab.

Duggar and Anna have seven kids: Mackynzie, 12, Michael, 10, Marcus, 8, Meredith, 6, Mason, 4, Maryella, 2, and Madyson, 6 months.

In 2006 Authorities became aware of his alleged abuse after a tip from a Duggar family friend; however, the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired, it was concluded.

Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, said his wrongdoings were admitted by their son. He was forced to face them again when the allegations resurfaced in 2015.

Duggar resigned as a lobbyist for the conservative Christian group Family Research Council and apologized publicly for unspecified behavior.

Anna pleaded for the court’s mercy on her husband in a letter to the court dated March 7 so she could “consider reuniting us as a family again soon.”

Anna continued, “Joshua has worked hard to provide for me and our (now) seven children. But the happiest part of the day by far is when Daddy comes home from work … Joshua is an engaged dad who gladly throws a football with his sons, listens to our daughters play a new song they have learned on the piano, helps answer homework questions, or lends a hand sweeping up spilled crackers. He is a kind, loving, supportive, and caring father and husband — his primary focus in life.”

Duggar was convicted on both counts after a jury sided with the prosecution. A statement released by the prosecution said they were “very pleased” with the outcome, which was called a “significant milestone” that demonstrates “no person is above the law no matter their status or fame.”

Justin Gilfand said the attorney for Duggar said that “we plan to appeal at the appropriate time.”

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