Arkansas prosecutors object to Josh Duggar’s request to delay child pornography trial to next year


Prosecutors in Arkansas are objecting to a request by accused pedophile Josh Duggar to delay his child pornography trial to next year. 

On Monday, prosecutors told the court they would agree to a ‘reasonable continuance’ of three months but said postponing the trial to next year ‘would result in unnecessary delay.’ 

The prosecution also denied allegations by the defense that the Government had not turned over all the evidence it has in the case.

In Monday’s filing, according to People, prosecutors stated that there has been ‘timely and complete disclosure of all discovery material’. 

Prosecutors are objecting to a request by Josh Duggar to delay his criminal trial on child pornography charges, set for July 6, to February 2022 or later (Josh is pictured in an April 29 mug shot following his arrest)

Josh, 33, was charged in May with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material, including some that Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner described as ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’ 

The former 19 Kids And Counting reality star is asking that his trial, originally scheduled for July 6, be pushed back to February 2022 or later.

The defense has hired a computer forensic expert to examine Josh’s electronic devices and in a motion filed last week, stated that it needed more time for that work to be completed.

His lawyers also want more time to review evidence and conduct their own investigations. 

In addition, Josh’s lead attorney Justin Gelfand said he has other criminal trials scheduled for September, October and November that he needs to prepare for.

A three month delay would allow Gelfand to complete those trials but, prosecutors argued, ‘there exists no legally or factually valid reason supporting a continuance until February of 2022.’

The court has yet to rule on the opposing arguments about rescheduling the trial.

The accused pedophile, 33, is free on bail after being  charged in May with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material. His defense team have hired a computer forensics expert and want more time to review evidence and conduct investigations

The accused pedophile, 33, is free on bail after being  charged in May with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material. His defense team have hired a computer forensics expert and want more time to review evidence and conduct investigations

Prosecutors filed a motion Monday denying defense claims they haven't turned over all evidence in the case and argued that pushing Josh's trial to next year constitutes an 'unnecessary delay' (Josh is pictured in 2014)

Prosecutors filed a motion Monday denying defense claims they haven’t turned over all evidence in the case and argued that pushing Josh’s trial to next year constitutes an ‘unnecessary delay’ (Josh is pictured in 2014)

On April 29, Josh was arrested on federal charges following a 2019 Homeland Security raid on his property.

According to the indictment, he is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. Some of the material he is accused of possessing shows children under the age of 12.

His computer was reportedly equipped with a dark web browser that could have let him anonymously search for child porn. The ‘Tor’ browser would have allowed the him to bypass anti-porn software called ‘Covenant Eyes’ that his wife Anna installed to monitor what her husband downloaded.

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison.

Josh found fame on the TLC reality show 19 Kids And Counting which followed the lives of his evangelical Christian parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their large family

Josh found fame on the TLC reality show 19 Kids And Counting which followed the lives of his evangelical Christian parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their large family 

The reality star, who is expecting his seventh child with wife Anna, was revealed in 2015 to have sexually abused four of his younger siblings, as well as a fifth minor, when he was a teenager (pictured with Anna in 2015)

The reality star, who is expecting his seventh child with wife Anna, was revealed in 2015 to have sexually abused four of his younger siblings, as well as a fifth minor, when he was a teenager (pictured with Anna in 2015)

On May 8, he was released on bail, with the condition that he stay with a third party, family friends LaCount and Maria Reber.

In court documents, his lawyers had argued that he ‘poses no flight risk’ because of his ‘deep roots’ in the community and his ‘widely recognizable face.’

Despite the seriousness of his charges, Josh is allowed to see his own six children — Mackynzie Renée, 11, Michael James, 10, Marcus Anthony, 7, Meredith Grace, 5, Mason Garrett, 3, and Maryella Hope, 18 months — with supervision.

According to People, his wife Anna, 32, — who is pregnant with their seventh child — has already visited with the kids. 

[Josh] has seen [his] children with Anna there. She has to be there,’ an insider claimed. 

The insider also said that Anna is convinced that her husband is innocent. 

‘She’s standing by him,’ the source said. ‘She thinks Josh is innocent.’ 

Meanwhile, a source told The Sun that soon-to-be-mother-of-seven is in ‘denial’ and blames Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.

‘Jim Bob is telling people she is defending Josh and no longer speaking to most of the family,’ the source said.

‘Jim Bob said she blames him and wife Michelle for Josh’s arrest. Anna feels it all stems from how they dealt with his previous molestation scandal after he assaulted his sisters.’

She is also pointing a finger at the President.

‘She also thinks that this case is a conspiracy theory against her husband set up by the Biden administration,’ the source said. ‘She believes that if Donald Trump was still in power this would not be happening, and refuses to believe he’s done anything wrong.’ 

Anna, 32,  is standing by her husband and insists he is innocent. Despite the serious charges against him, he has been allowed supervised visitation with his children who range in age from 11 to 18 months

Anna, 32,  is standing by her husband and insists he is innocent. Despite the serious charges against him, he has been allowed supervised visitation with his children who range in age from 11 to 18 months

Anna has stuck by Josh through sexually deviant behavior in the past.

In 2015, an unearthed police report revealed that Josh had sexually abused four of younger siblings, as well as a fifth minor, when he was a teenager.

Josh had gone to a faith-based rehab facility in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003 after his parents learned of the molestation, and spent three months in the facility, which was owned by the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a Christian ministry and training program founded by Bill Gothard.

While little has been revealed about the program, people associated with IBLP have claimed that Josh was required to do manual labor and was not allowed to speak during that time.

He was also allegedly required to shave his head, the results of which can be seen in the Duggars’ first TV special on Discovery Health, 14 Children and Pregnant Again. 

The abuse was kept a secret until 2015 — and just months after it came to light, Josh was discovered to be using the adultery website Ashley Madison.

Josh confessed to being unfaithful and having an ‘addiction’ to pornography, and went away for several months to a $7,500-per-month Christian treatment center for addiction.

During that time, Anna stuck by him, too, even flying up to the Christian treatment center for visits. 

In 2015, she called the ordeal ‘heartbreaking’ in an episode of Counting On.

‘It was definitely hard, and I think it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we’re walking through’ she said. ‘It was hard to realize that it was such a public [ordeal].’

‘Here we were as a Christian couple, everyone was able to see us get married and vow before God to be loyal to each other, and that loyalty was broken.

‘For my heart it was just like, “How could this happen in our marriage? Josh is my first love, my one and only.”

In 2016, she wrote about moving forward in a blog post, saying: ‘2015 was the most difficult year of my life. Yet, amazingly I’ve found that in my own life crisis God has drawn near to me (“He’s near to the brokenhearted” Psalms 34:18) and my faith has been more precious to me than ever before.’

For some time after, Anna refrained from posting pictures of Josh on Instagram, but with time, she was back to including him on social media. 

‘Redemption is a beautiful thing!’ she told a fan who commented on Josh’s presence in Instagram photos.  

Anna, who married Josh in 2008, has stuck by him through sexually deviant behavior in the past and marked the occasion of her 11th wedding anniversary in April with a tribute to her husband

Anna, who married Josh in 2008, has stuck by him through sexually deviant behavior in the past and marked the occasion of her 11th wedding anniversary in April with a tribute to her husband

 

  

 

 



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