Josh Duggar charged with possession of child pornography

By Jonathon Van Maren

In 2015, the news broke that Josh Duggar, a member of the family that starred in the reality show 19 Kids and Counting, had been turned in to the police by his father Jim Bob after it was discovered that he had molested several young women, including his sisters. Later that same year, he confessed to cheating on his wife Anna after being caught on Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to facilitating adultery (motto: “Life is short — have an affair”).

He spent more than six months in a faith-based rehab center in Rockton, Illinois, after which his parents announced that they were “so thankful” for his “recovery and healing.” Duggar, who is 33, is expecting his seventh child — a girl — with his 32-year-old wife Anna.

Duggar had also admitted, at the time, to a porn addiction — and there has now been another horrifying development in this story. On April 29, he was arrested and taken into custody in Arkansas. On April 30, he was indicted and arraigned in court via Zoom on one count of the receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner noted that the child porn, which was downloaded using a peer-to-peer service at Duggar’s car dealership, was some of the “worst” he’d seen. He also stated that the material involved children between ages 18 months to 12 years of age.


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