Josh Duggar accused of having '65 child porn images on his computer'

Josh Duggar was accused in court of allegedly having 65 images of child porn, and a video of girls aged five to 10 on his computer.

The 19 Kids and Counting star appeared over Zoom from Washington County Jail at his federal detention hearing on Wednesday.

Duggar, 33, has pleaded not guilty to child porn charges after he was arrested in Arkansas last month. His arraignment saw him accused of allegedly using the internet to download child sex abuse material.

He is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 (£179,810) on each count.

His computer was seized during a raid in 2019 at his office at his car dealership.

According to Mail Online agents allegedly found 65 child porn images, with 200 further images found in ‘unallocated space’ on the computer, which means an attempt had been made to delete them.

Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner, testifying in court, described the images as ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’

Investigators also allegedly found a two minute video of a man performing sex acts on two young girls aged between five and 10 years old.

Duggar is best known for his appearances on 19 Kids And Counting and Counting On and is the eldest child of Michelle and Jim Duggar’s 19 children.

In 2015, it was revealed that Duggar was accused of molesting multiple underage girls when he was 14 and 15-years-old.

‘Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,’ Duggar said in a statement at the time.

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‘I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.

‘We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.’

Duggar’s arrest comes just a week after he and his wife, Anna, announced they were expecting their seventh child together.

The couple has been married since 2008 and are parents to six children; Mackynzie Renée, Michael James, Marcus Anthony, Meredith Grace, Mason Garrett and Maryella Hope.

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