Josh Duggar allegedly 'received & possessed child pornography' weeks after announcing wife Anna's pregnancy news
JOSH Duggar allegedly "received and possessed child pornography" weeks after announcing that his wife, Anna, was expecting their sixth child in 2019.
The couple is currently expecting their seventh together.
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In court documents obtained by The Sun, "between on or about May 14, 2019, and or about May 16, 2019, in the Western District of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division," Josh allegedly "knowingly received child pornography."
During the same dates, the 33-year-old father "knowingly possessed material that contained images of child pornography, including images of minors under the age of 12," the court docs claimed.
Ironically, a few weeks later – on April 26, 2019, to be exact – Josh and Anna, 32, revealed they were expecting their sixth child: Maryella Hope.
Posting on social media, the couple gave their children a puzzle to solve as they proceeded to spell out: "New baby coming this fall."
The youngest, so far, of Anna and Josh's kids was born in November 2019.
Josh was charged with one count of possession of a child pornographic photo and a second count of receiving a child pornographic photo on Friday.
At his arraignment in court on Friday, Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was ordered to remain in custody until at least May 5.
Josh has been ordered to forfeit all visual images and property, including video equipment, related to the case.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Josh “allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019.”
If convicted, he could receive 20 years in prison with fines up to $250,000 on each count.
Josh appeared from jail via zoom for his arraignment on Friday afternoon, as he obtained a lawyer and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A detention hearing has been set for May 5 at 1:30pm to determine if he could be released on bail, as the government requested he remain behind bars.
If released, the judge said Josh must reside with a third party.
She said at the hearing: "The court would likely require a third party custodian that he could reside with that would ensure compliance with the conditions of bond.
"It would need to be a residence where there are no minors in the home. You would need to look for somebody who could ensure to the court that there are no minors in the home or would be visiting unsupervised."
The Sun previously broke Josh was arrested for the federal charges in Washington County at 1:15 pm on Thursday afternoon.
An insider claimed Josh "turned himself in" without incident.
The head-turning revelation is related to the 2019 Homeland Security raid on Josh's now-shuttered used car dealership in Springdale, Arkansas, another source told The Sun.
In November 2019, Homeland Security conducted an “ongoing federal investigation” at the lot, but no charges were filed against Josh – until now.
A source exclusively told The Sun of patriarch Jim Bob, 55, his wife Michelle, 54, and their 19 children: "The family has known that this has been coming for weeks, and Josh has been preparing himself.
"They are praying together for Josh and Anna, who is standing by her husband as she always has.
"Family members are extremely concerned by what is happening and they just want to find out the truth.
"They know that this will put them in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and are stunned they are having to go through this again."
The insider added: "The family will be speaking out shortly and hope this in many ways will bring them closer together and even closer to God."
Josh's wife, Anna announced she is pregnant with the couple's seventh child just last week with a gender reveal video.
The arrest comes six years after In Touch Weekly uncovered a 33-page Arkansas police report claiming Jim Bob confessed to local authorities that his eldest son fondled the breasts and genitals of young girls while they were asleep in the Duggar family home back in 2002.
Following the allegations against him, Josh addressed the claim: "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.
"I hurt others, including my family and close friends."
Josh was never charged with any crime related to the incidents.
His younger sisters Jill, 29, and Jessa, 28, came forward as two of the victims in an interview with Megyn Kelly, where they insisted they had forgiven Josh for his sins.
More allegations followed for Josh, as another report just three months later claimed the former TLC star was using adultery dating service Ashley Madison.
He said: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this has become a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife."
Soon after, porn star Danica Dillon, whose real name is Ashley Johnston, claimed he assaulted her during a sexual encounter.
In a 2020 interview with The Sun, Ashley, 33, described the alleged incident as being so intense "it felt like this guy tried to kill me."
Josh has always denied the alleged assault.
Despite the scandals, Anna has stood by her husband's side.
While not on Counting On anymore, Josh has found it hard to keep a stable job, as he currently lives with Anna and their six children in a run-down warehouse on his parents' Arkansas property, The Sun exclusively reported.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
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