On Thursday, former reality TV star Josh Duggar was found guilty by a federal jury of downloading and possessing child pornography.
The "19 Kids and Counting" star is facing up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to a quarter million dollars for each count, which will be determined at a later date.
Duggar and his large Arkansas family starred on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until the network canceled the show in 2015 following revelations that he had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired.
Duggar’s parents said he had confessed to the fondling and apologized. Duggar later apologized for a pornography addiction and for cheating on his wife.
The judge in the child porn case ruled that jurors could hear testimony about how in 2003, Duggar admitted to molesting four girls. A family friend testified that Duggar told her about the abuse.
Federal authorities said they began investigating after a Little Rock police detective found child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. A federal agent testified in May that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned.
Duggar's defense argued that he was not the one who dowloaded or uploaded the pornographic images, but rather someone else. However, the jury did not buy it.
I hope he gets the maximum sentence and the maximum fees. Anyone attracted to children is absolutely disgusting and does not deserve to be part of society.
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