Josh Duggar sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of child pornography

Former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months or 12 years and seven months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

One of the disgraced reality star’s previous charges was dismissed unscathed when Judge Timothy Brooks ruled that Josh did not “knowingly” distribute pornography, according to sentencing documents obtained by ET.

Duggar, 34, had “no reaction” when he found out about his fate. Duggar’s wife Anna and father Jim Bob also showed no visible reaction, the Sun reported.

He will serve his time in either a Seagoville, Texas prison or a facility in Texarkana, Arkansas. Judge Brooks recommended Seagoville because it has a “good” sex offender program — but its placement will ultimately depend on bed space.

Meanwhile, Duggar could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 per count. Already a convicted sex offender, his legal team demanded that he spend only five years in the slammer.

The initial 30-page defense brief states that Duggar sought a punishment that was “sufficient but no more than necessary,” and further claims he has “lived an admirable life while overcoming unique challenges that come with it, being in the public limelight since childhood. ”

In all, his legal team had more than 20 objections to the prejudice report at the sentencing hearing.

Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock, Arkansas detective discovered child porn files being shared by a computer traced to him.

Investigators testified that Duggar downloaded the images, including some toddlers, to a computer at a car dealership he owned in 2019.

Josh Duggar and his wife Anna go for a walk
Josh Duggar and his wife Anna exit the John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building on December 2, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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TLC canceled the family’s show in 2015 after allegations that the eldest Duggar boy had abused four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. He publicly apologized for his actions.

He later apologized again for cheating on his wife and months later admitted his addiction to pornography. He went through addiction rehab.

Duggar and Anna have seven children of their own: Mackynzie, 12, Michael, 10, Marcus, 8, Meredith, 6, Mason, 4, Maryella, 2, and Madyson, 6 months.

Authorities became aware of his alleged abuse in 2006 after a tip-off from a friend of the Duggar family, but concluded that the statute of limitations on possible charges had expired.

Evidence for the Josh Duggar case
Homeland Security special agents bring evidence, including a computer, to the John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building in Fayetteville, Arkansas on December 1, 2021.
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Duggar’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, said their son admitted his wrongdoing, but when the allegations surfaced again in 2015, he had to face them again.

He again issued a public apology for the unspecified behavior and resigned as a lobbyist for the conservative Christian group Family Research Council.

Josh Duggar and his wife Anna walk in masks
Josh Duggar admitted his porn addiction and cheating on his wife in 2015.
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