FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – On the final day of the Josh Duggar child porn case trial, the jury found Duggar guilty of both receiving child pornography and possessing child pornography. .
Duggar, 33, faces 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.
Judge Timothy Brooks announced that sentencing would take place in about four months. Duggar was taken into custody after the sentence was pronounced.
Close argument commenced on the morning of December 8 and a verdict was delivered on December 9 after only seven hours of deliberation.
The trial lasted six days and saw two witnesses call for a defense, while five witnesses stood against the prosecution.
The defense witnesses are digital forensics experts Michele Bush and Daniel Wilcox, a former member of the Homeland Security Investigations task force and a drug officer with the Rogers Police Department.
Prosecutors called five witnesses, including Jim and Bobby Holt, who said they were friends of the Duggar family.
Bobbye Holt said in his testimony that Josh confessed to her about sexually abusing young girls when he was a teenager.
Duggar was arrested on April 29, 2021. He was released from police custody to a third-party guardian on May 5, 2021.
Duggar starred in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” which hasn’t aired since 2015.
TLC pulled the reality TV show in 2015 over allegations Duggar sexually abused his four sisters and a babysitter. In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his porn addiction and cheating on his wife, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever”.
Duggar’s trial was underway as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, ran in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in Northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar has also been featured on the TLC program and previously served in the Arkansas House.
Jim Bob Duggar is one of four Republicans seeking the party’s nomination. Early voting has begun on Tuesday, December 7, and the primary is set for December 14.
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