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Josh Duggar hit by federal child pornography charges – Deadline

Former 19 children and counting Star Josh Duggar was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in federal court on Friday.

While Duggar, 33, reportedly refused to have the charges read when he appeared in court via Zoom on Friday, his lawyer pleaded “not guilty to both counts” on his behalf.

The first count alleges that the eldest child Duggar “knowingly received child pornography … Between or about May 14, 2019 and on or about May 16, 2019”. The charges are federal because they involve the transmission of images through state lines, whether by mail, the Internet, or other means.

The second charge relates to possession, “including images of minors under the age of 12 that have been posted, shipped and transported by any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce.”

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Read the court documents here.

Duggar’s lawyer has requested his release on bail. The presiding federal judge informed Duggar that if he was eligible for bail, he would have to reside with a third party guardian and could not be in the presence of minors. A hearing to determine if he will be released is scheduled for May 5.

The trial date for his case has been set for July 6, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 1.

In mid-May 2015, Josh apologized for “wrongdoing” after a police report surfaced and revealed he had been investigated as a teenager for having inappropriately touched five underage girls. Her sisters Jill, 25, and Jessa, 24, said they were two of the victims.

Later that same year, there were reports that Duggar’s married descendant was active on the cheating website Ashley Madison.

Duggar then said he was addicted to pornography and admitted that he cheated on his wife Anna Duggar, with whom he had six children.

“I have been the greatest hypocrite of all time,” he writes. “While espousing faith and family values, for the past few years I have secretly watched Internet pornography and it has become a secret addiction and I have become unfaithful to my wife. I am so ashamed of the double life that I have lived and I am grieved with the pain, pain and disgrace that my sin has caused to my wife and my family, and most importantly to Jesus and all those who profess faith in him.

Last week his wife posted a video announcing that the two were expecting child number seven.

In 2019, Duggar’s workplace was raided by Homeland Security as part of an ongoing federal investigation, although it is not clear whether the raid and his arrest yesterday are related. Both were reportedly led by Homeland Security.

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