Josh Duggar charged with receiving and possessing child porn


BREAKING NEWS: Josh Duggar, 33, pleads not guilty to federal child porn charges after ‘downloading child sex abuse material in 2019’

  • Josh Duggar, 33, pleaded not guilty to child porn charges on Friday during a virtual federal court hearing
  • Duggar, who was taken into custody in Arkansas a day earlier, is charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children
  • According to the indictment, he is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019 
  • Some of the child pornography material he is accused of possessing shows children under the age of 12 
  • His arrest followed a Homeland Security raid on his now-closed car dealership in Springdale, Arkansas back in November 2019 

Josh Duggar of the hit reality TV show 19 Kids And Counting has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. 

The 33-year-old pleaded not guilty to the federal charges on Friday during a virtual court hearing.

He was ordered to live with a third party with no children if he is granted bond.  

Duggar was taken into custody in Springdale, Arkansas a day earlier after turning himself in but the charges were not announced at the time. 

He is charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.  

According to the indictment, he is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. 

Some of the child pornography material he is accused of possessing shows children under the age of 12.  

Josh Duggar of the hit reality TV show 19 Kids And Counting has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography

Josh and his wife Anna with their children Mackenzie, 11, Michael, nine, Marcus, seven, Meredith, five, Mason, three, and Maryella, one, in 2019

Josh and his wife Anna with their children Mackenzie, 11, Michael, nine, Marcus, seven, Meredith, five, Mason, three, and Maryella, one, in 2019

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

His arrest followed a Homeland Security raid on his now-closed car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas back in November 2019. He was not charged at the time.

This marks Duggar’s latest brush with the law after his father, Jim Bob, reported him to police in 2006 for allegedly molesting five young girls over multiple occasions back when he was 14 and 15. 

He was also sued by a porn star in 2015 for allegedly assaulting her during sex but the lawsuit was later dropped. 

Duggar is also currently in the midst of a separate legal battle after a civil lawsuit was filed against him for real estate fraud.  

His arrest on the latest charges came just days after he and his wife Anna announced they were expecting their seventh child. 

Anna shared the news to Instagram on Saturday with a video of herself and her husband hugging in a field with all six of their kids running toward the camera.

The announcement doubled as a gender reveal as pink confetti came out of a clear umbrella the couple – who are both 33 – was holding over their heads. 

His arrest followed a Homeland Security raid on his now-closed car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas back in November 2019. He was not charged at the time

His arrest followed a Homeland Security raid on his now-closed car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas back in November 2019. He was not charged at the time

Duggar and Anna in 2015. His arrest Thursday comes just days after they announced they were expecting their seventh child

Duggar and Anna in 2015. His arrest Thursday comes just days after they announced they were expecting their seventh child

Duggar is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children who all shot to fame on the reality series 19 Kids and Counting that followed the devout Baptist family from 2008 to 2015. 

The show was axed that year by TLC as allegations emerged that Duggar had molested five young girls.  

An explosive In Touch Weekly story revealed that Jim Bob had reported his son to the Arkansas State Police for molesting the victims on multiple occasions back in 2002 when he was aged 14 and 15.

Duggar allegedly touched the girls’ breasts and genitals while they were asleep in their rooms. 

According to a 33-page police report of the incident, four of the five underage girls were his sisters.

Jim Bob allegedly learned of it when Duggar confessed to him in 2002.

Duggar was allegedly disciplined at home but the sexual abuse continued into the following year with multiple other incidents, some of which happened when his sisters and a babysitter were awake.

Jim again waited to alert authorities and raised the matter with his church elders first.  

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