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Monday, December 05, 2022

Ex-realty star Josh Duggar jailed for 12 years for child porn

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. ( Associated Press) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 12 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession and possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors asked US District Judge Timothy Brooks to serve a maximum term of 20 years to Duggar, whose large family was the focus of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” He argued in a pre-conviction court that Duggar has “deep-seated, pervasive and violent sexual interests in children.”

TV station KNWA reported that the judge sentenced Duggar to 151 months in prison.

Duggar, whose lawyers sought a five-year sentence, maintained his innocence and said he would appeal.

Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found that child porn files were being shared by a computer linked to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting sexual abuse of children, including children, were downloaded to the computer of Duggar, a car dealership, in 2019.

TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015, alleging that Duggar molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. Authorities began an investigation into the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend, but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired.

Duggar’s parents said that he has confessed to being in love and apologized. After the allegations surfaced again in 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for the unspecified behavior and resigned as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group.

Months later, he publicly apologized for cheating on his wife and addiction to pornography, for which he sought treatment.

In seeking the 20-year sentence, prosecutors cited graphic images — and the ages of the children involved — as well as court testimony about the alleged mistreatment of the Duggar sisters.

Federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo that Duggar’s past behavior “provides an alarming window into the extent of his sexual interest in children that the court should consider sentencing.”

“This past conduct, when viewed with the conduct for which he has been convicted, makes it clear that Duggar has a deep, widespread and violent sexual interest in children, and a desire to act on that interest,” the court The filing said.

Prosecutors also noted that according to experts, Duggar’s computer was partitioned to avoid accountability software, which was installed to report his wife’s activity such as porn searches.

“There is no indication that the Duggars will ever take the necessary steps to change this pattern of behavior and address his tendency toward minor women,” prosecutors wrote.

Duggar has said he is innocent and wants to appeal, his lawyers wrote in their sentencing memo.

His lawyers wrote, “Duggar accepts that he is before this court for sentencing and this court should impose the fine.” “That is justice. But Duggar also appealed to the discretion of this Court to have mercy on that justice.

On Tuesday, US District Judge Timothy Brooks – who will sentence Duggar on Wednesday – denied Duggar’s request for acquittal or a new trial.

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