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Josh Duggar Sentenced to 12 Years in Child Pornography Case

Former TLC star Josh Duggar was sentenced to 151 months – or about 12 1/2 years – in prison on Wednesday after being convicted of receiving and possessing child sex abuse material Associated Press reports.

Duggar faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Prosecutors had pushed for the maximum sentence, but the possession charges were dropped after a settlement between Duggar’s legal team and the court; subsequently he was only convicted of receiving child pornography. Duggar pleaded innocent in court and vowed to appeal, it said AP.

Duggar was arrested in April and pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material. After an eight-day trial in December in which prosecutors presented evidence that he had repeatedly downloaded and viewed child sexual abuse material from a hidden part of his work computer in May 2019, the jury found him guilty on both counts.

In May 2021, a federal agent testified that more than 60 child pornographic images were discovered on Duggar’s computer, showing images and videos of children ages 18 months to 10 years.

Duggar, who previously starred in the now-defunct TLC hit 19 children and counting with his family, previously faced a child abuse scandal related to his behavior as a teenager. In May 2015, a police report from 2006 surfaced, revealing that he had been investigated as a teenager for inappropriately touching five underage girls AP. Two of his sisters later emerged as two of the victims. At the time, Duggar publicly apologized for his “misconduct”.

Duggar has yet to publicly comment on his conviction or conviction.

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/josh-duggar-sentenced-to-12-years-child-porn-case-1358589/ Josh Duggar Sentenced to 12 Years in Child Pornography Case

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