Duggar was accused of downloading content depicting sexual abuse of children under 12, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.Duggar was accused of possessing material in May 2019.
Duggar, the eldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, whose family was a victim of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting”, faces two counts of indictment – one count, child pornography reception and one count of possession. Child pornography He faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000 if convicted.
Duggar was arrested in Arkansas on Thursday, according to a statement. He appeared in federal court on Friday via videoconferencing and pleaded not guilty to either of the charges.
“We intend to protect this case very seriously and thoroughly in this country. No one can stop prosecutors from charging crime. But when you̵7;re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom, and that’s exactly what Josh intends to do, ”Duggar’s attorneys Justin Gelfand, Travis W. Story and Greg Payne said in an email to CNN on Friday.
Duggar is scheduled to appear in court again on May 5 for a hearing. The trial is now scheduled for July 6, Judge Erin Wiedemann said.
This isn’t Duggar’s first time making headlines.
TLC canceled the reality TV show in 2015 after it was reported that Duggar was accused of molesting a girl when he was a teenager.Duggar has never been charged with those allegations.
“We are grateful for our prayers to our family at this time. The accusations against Joshua today are very serious. Our prayer is true, whatever it is, will be bright, and all of this will be resolved in our prayers. At the right time, we love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their families, ”they said.