Christian Reality Star Josh Duggar Found Guilty in Child Sex Abuse Imagery Case, Downloaded Porn of Three Month Old Being Sexually Assaulted – May 2022: Duggar Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison
Update, May 2022:
by Erin Keller
May 25, 2022
Former “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar was sentenced to 151 months, or 12 years and seven months, in prison Wednesday for receiving and possessing child porn.
… He will either serve his time at a prison in Seagoville, Texas, or at a facility in Texarkana, Arkansas. Brooks recommended Seagoville because it has a “good” sex offender program — but his placement will ultimately depend on bed space.
(Link): Father-of-seven Josh Duggar is sentenced to 12.5 years in prison and is banned from using the internet and unsupervised access to his OWN children after downloading ‘worst of worst’ child porn from computer at his Arkansas car dealership
May 25, 2022
Disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar was jailed for more than 12-and-a-half years Wednesday for downloading a vile trove of ‘the sickest of the sickest’ child porn.
US District Judge Timothy Brooks handed down the 151-month prison sentence at the Western District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse in Fayetteville at the end of a day-long hearing.
Duggar, 34, has been in custody since December when a federal jury found the 19 Kids and Counting alum guilty of possession and receipt of child pornography.
‘The images were some of the worst that this court has ever encountered,’ Judge Brooks told Duggar, as his wife Anna, 33, sat a few yards behind him in the public gallery during Wednesday’s hearing.
… One notorious movie, ‘Daisy’s Destruction’, featured the abuse and torture of an infant. Another sequence of images depicted a girl being whipped with a cat o’ nine tails, tied up and locked in a dog cage.
… ‘As the court has found, you have a history of sexual abuse. One of the Jane Does was five-year-old, you were 15,’ Judge Brooks added.
He will remain under supervision for a further 20 years after his release and is not allowed unsupervised access to children – including his own, who range in age from six months to 12.
… Defense attorneys had asked for a five-year stretch, the lightest possible punishment, insisting that Duggar, said to be a devoted dad and committed Christian, maintained his innocence and intended to appeal.
They argued that, of the approximately 600 child porn images identified by investigators, only a small portion had been viewed and none of those fell into the category of ‘sadistic or masochistic’.
Prosecutors demanded a 20-year term – the maximum possible – arguing that it was hard to think of anything more sadistic that a grown man raping a little girl.
They said Duggar had never sought treatment or shown any acceptance of his warped appetites and thus had a high chance of re-offending.
…Duggar’s mom Michelle and Anna had both written letters [copies of Anna Duggar’s copies via scan are available on Daily Mail’s site] pleading for leniency, the latter comparing her husband to Ronald Reagan in an effort to stress his work ethic and decency.
‘Joshua has a compassionate heart and he is willing to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of others,’ Anna wrote.
‘Joshua embodies the quote from Ronald Reagan: ‘There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit’.
Responding, prosecutors said that Duggar’s supportive family and ‘privileged lifestyle’ merely made his crimes ‘all the more baffling’.
… Holt [family friend of the Duggars] choked back tears as she revealed how Duggar had confessed at age 15 to groping and penetrating his younger sisters during ‘bible time’ and while they slept.
The defense fought to exclude her testimony but the judge ultimately agreed that it provided important clues about his sinister appetite for minors.
… ‘More importantly, none of these letters meaningfully grapple with his crimes or his sexual proclivities toward prepubescent girls.’
Judge Brooks agreed largely with the prosecution at Wednesday’s sentencing but threw out a claim that Duggar had ‘distributed’ child porn as well as receiving it.
He also had kinds words for the Duggar family, noting how Anna in particular was devoted to her husband and had stuck by him throughout the trial.
December 9, 2021
A jury on Thursday found reality TV star Josh Duggar guilty of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the judgement filed in the United States District Court Western District of Arkansas Fayetteville Division.
…Duggar was arrested on April 29 and arraigned on April 30 on federal charges of receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Arkansas.
He allegedly downloaded material that depicted the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, the US attorney’s office said in a statement. He has pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
Dec 3, 2021
by Andrew Court
A DOJ agent alleges Josh Duggar downloaded a horrific video showing a “3-month-old baby being tortured and sexually abused.”
The bombshell accusation was made Thursday, during the third day of Duggar’s child pornography trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The 33-year-old “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV personality has pleaded not guilty to two charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 40 years behind bars if convicted on both counts.
Prosecutors have previously alleged that Duggar downloaded images and videos of girls as young as 5 being “violated and exploited.”
However, on Thursday, James Fottrell, a top forensics investigator at the Department of Justice, testified that his team had reportedly uncovered the shocking video of a 3-month-old girl.
The horrendous clip featured the girl being stripped naked, posed on a bed and being tortured with hot wax, Fottrell said.
“The infant is crying and screaming. It’s one of the most offensive videos that I’m familiar with throughout my whole career,” Fottrell told the jury.
Dec. 3 202
Fottrell told the court that he found evidence of dozens of images and videos of child sexual abuse. He claimed to have found evidence of downloaded and streamed videos, such as a video of a child being tortured called “Daisy’s Destruction.” He reportedly said the video was one of the “most offensive” things he has seen in his career.
According to the Daily Mail, “Daisy’s Destruction” was identified via a torrent file, but the file did not contain the footage. Fottrell explained the file was a set of instructions to locate it on the dark web.
Josh Duggar, who appeared in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” has been found guilty after facing two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.
The jury in Fayetteville, Arkansas, found the 33-year-old Duggar guilty on one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count when he’s sentenced at a later date.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks announced that sentencing will take place in about four months. Duggar was taken into custody after the verdict was announced, according to Fayetteville station KNWA.
One of Duggar’s lawyers, Justin Gelfand, issued a statement to USA TODAY. “We appreciate the jury’s lengthy deliberations, we respect the jury’s verdict, and we intend to appeal,” the statement said.
…Josh was immediately taken into custody Thursday after his guilty verdict.
The former reality TV star faces up to 20 years and up to $250,000 fines for each count.
Josh’s cousin Amy King tweeted that “justice has been served” following the verdict announcement.
by Nicole Fallert
December 1, 2021
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — Former 19 Kids and Counting reality star Josh Duggar downloaded images and video on a work computer of children as young as 7 years old being “abused,” “violated,” and “exploited,” federal prosecutors said in opening statements on Wednesday.
The jury heard graphic descriptions on Wednesday of the materials from prosecutors, while Duggar’s defense maintained the 33-year-old didn’t have the technical knowledge to discreetly browse the illegal content found on the computer.
Duggar, the oldest child of his famous fundamentalist Christian family, was arrested in Arkansas in April and charged with “knowingly” receiving and possessing child sexual abuse materials. He pleaded not guilty on both counts. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count if he is convicted.
…According to prosecutors, Duggar used a device that virtually “split” his HP desktop work computer into “two independent sides,” allowing him to use the computer at the used car dealership’s “shed-like” office for usual business purposes on one side while browsing illegal content on the other.
In one case, Duggar downloaded a series of images titled “Marissa.zip” which featured a girl about 8 years old exposing her genitals before eventually being put in a cage, Roberts said.
…The first witness for the prosecution was Detective Amber Kalmer, who first began to investigate the child sexual abuse activity in June 2019.
She testified on Wednesday that she was able to download portions of the content recorded by her surveillance software. One video she saw contained “two prepubescent females, zoomed in on their vaginal areas, being penetrated by an adult man’s penis,” she said. Kalmer added she was also able to view images of nude young girls with a “focus on the vaginal area.” There were 65 images.
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