Josh Duggar, the disgraced former reality television star, has been convicted by a jury on two counts of receiving and possessing child abuse material. Duggar faces as much as twenty years behind bars and $250,000 in fines. His sentencing will take place four months from now.
Duggar’s trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas began last week. His wife and a smattering of family members watched from the front row. The prosecution claimed that Duggar was a sophisticated criminal who sought out illicit content involving children. The defense said he was exploited by other parties.
Ultimately, the jury sided with prosecutors. Josh Duggar will now face a lengthy stay in prison. The trial revealed that Duggar had an elaborate system for the viewing of child pornography on his work computer.
Duggar starred on the reality show “19 Kids and Counting”. The videos found by police showed children as young as ten being sexually abused. Duggar set up a complicated password protection scheme to protect the illegal materials.
Family friend Bobye Holt testified during the trial that Josh Duggar admitted to her twice that he molested four children when he was between the ages of 12 and 15. One of the girls was only five years old.
Duggar has admitted in the past to having a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife. After a 2006 police report accusing Duggar of molesting the four girls as a teen surfaced, the show was cancelled in 2015. Now, he will live the rest of his life as a convicted sex offender.
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