Josh Duggar to be sentenced in child pornography case

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Josh Duggar will be sentenced on Wednesday in his child pornography case.

A judge previously denied a long shot request on Tuesday by Duggar’s attorneys for a new trial on child pornography charges just hours before the former reality star is set to be sentenced. 

The “19 Kids and Counting” alum, 34, was found guilty in December by a federal jury in Arkansas on charges related to the receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Duggar has been held at the Washington County Detention Center in his home state ever since.

Duggar’s attorneys released a statement to Fox News Digital at the time, saying they intend to appeal the verdict. 

“We appreciate the jury’s lengthy deliberations, we respect the jury’s verdict, and we intend to appeal,” defense attorneys Justin Gelfand, Ian Murphy, and Travis Story said in December. 

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A judge rejected a last-ditch effort from Josh Duggar requesting a new trial ahead of his sentencing on two counts of receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography.
(Kris Connor/Getty Images)

U.S. Attorneys in the case held a press conference outside the courthouse after the verdict was announced. 

“This case represents a significant milestone for the Western District of Arkansas and our continued efforts to combat child abuse. Those who would say that children who were photographed and videoed in a manner similar to the evidence in this case are not abused and are not victims are clearly wrong. Children who are photographed and videoed in manners such as this are the victims and every time their videos and photos are traded online, uploaded, and downloaded from the internet, they are victimized again,” one of the U.S. attorneys said.

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Duggar’s cousin Amy King tweeted that “justice has been served” following the verdict announcement.

“May the juror’s and Judge Brooks seek healing / counseling from all that was exposed to them,” her statement on Twitter began. “May the children grow up with real Godly men as father figures who will guide and protect them. May the people who were once in disbelief have their eyes opened for the first time.”

Josh Duggar is pictured with his wife Anna. In December 2021, a jury convicted Josh Duggar, a former reality TV star, of receiving and possessing child pornography. 

Josh Duggar is pictured with his wife Anna. In December 2021, a jury convicted Josh Duggar, a former reality TV star, of receiving and possessing child pornography. 
(Kris Connor/Getty Images)

“May the daughters who were abused feel validated,” she continued. “You are truly beautiful and worthy of love. May there be intense counseling / healing. May there be wisdom for all those involved on how to move forward. Thank you Jesus. Justice has been served.”

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Former "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar was found guilty in December by an Arkansas jury on charges related to the receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Former “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar was found guilty in December by an Arkansas jury on charges related to the receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
(Washington County Police Department)

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Prosecutors are asking the judge to sentence Duggar to the maximum punishment allowed – 20 years for each count – while his legal team asked that the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children be handed a five-year stint.

Duggar also faces $250,000 in fines for each count. 

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