Jim Bob And Michelle Duggar Issue Statement About Son Josh’s Federal Child Porn Charges

See the statement on the Duggar Family web site here.
The Duggar family now consists of 19 kids, eight sons- and daughters-in-law and 20 grandchildren.” />
He also admitted he cheated on wife Anna, with whom he has six children. Josh then said he was addicted to pornography. Later that same year, there were reports that the married Duggar was active on Ashley Madison, a cheating web site for married people.
His sisters Jill, 25, and Jessa, 24, said they were two of the victims. Shortly thereafter, TLC suspended and then canceled M19 Kids and Counting. In mid-May 2015, Duggar apologized for “wrongdoing” after a police report surfaced that indicated he was investigated as a teen for inappropriately touching five underage girls.
A trial date for his case was set for July 6, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 1.
The second charge is for possession, “including images of minors under the age of 12 that had been mailed, and shipped and transported using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce.”
Here is the statement in full:
Duggar’s attorney requested his release on bond. A hearing set to determine whether he will be released is scheduled for May 5. The presiding federal judge informed Duggar that if he is eligible for release on bond, he would have to reside with a third-party custodian and cannot be in the presence of minors.
At that time, according to reports, his parents Jim Bob and Michelle said, "When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before." We had tried to teach him right from wrong.
Patriarch Jim Bob Dugger and wife Michelle Dugger affirmed their love for eldest son Josh and thanked fans for "your continued prayers," but they also said they hoped "the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner."
Posting a photo last year to Instagram of herself, Josh and his parents, Anna wrote, "It means the world to have parents that unconditionally love us and who are there to encourage us along life’s way."
The first count alleges Josh “knowingly received child pornography…Between on or about May 14, 2019, and on or about May 16, 2019.” The charges are federal because they involve transmission of images across state lines, whether by mail, Internet or other means.
The former stars of the canceled TLC show 19 Kids and Counting spoke out on Friday about their son's arrest on federal child pornography charges.
Read the court documents here.
The 33-year-old Duggar reportedly declined to have the charges read when he appeared before court via Zoom on Friday and his attorney plead “not guilty to both counts” on his behalf.
The Duggars have been married since 2008. Last week, Anna posted a video announcing the two were expecting child number seven, a girl.
We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.” It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. “We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious.

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