Former reality TV star Josh Duggar sentenced to 12 years in child porn case | CBC News


Former actuality TV star Josh Duggar was sentenced Wednesday to about 12 and a half years in jail after he was convicted final December of receiving and possessing youngster pornography.

Prosecutors had requested U.S. District Choose Timothy Brooks to offer the utmost time period of 20 years to Duggar, whose giant household was the main focus of TLC’s 19 Youngsters and Counting. They argued in a pre-sentencing court docket submitting that Duggar has a “deep-seated, pervasive and violent sexual curiosity in youngsters.”

Arkansas TV station KNWA reported that the choose sentenced Duggar, 34, to 151 months in jail.

Duggar, whose legal professionals sought a five-year sentence, maintains his innocence and has stated he’ll attraction.

Photographs traced to Duggar’s laptop 

Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock, Ark., police detective discovered youngster porn recordsdata have been being shared by a pc traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that photos depicting the sexual abuse of kids, together with toddlers, have been downloaded in 2019 onto a pc at a automotive dealership Duggar owned.

A Fayetteville, Ark., jury discovered Duggar responsible final December. 

TLC cancelled 19 Youngsters and Counting in 2015 following allegations that Duggar had molested 4 of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. Authorities started investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a household buddy however concluded that the statute of limitations on any attainable prices had expired.

Duggar’s dad and mom stated he had confessed to the fondling and apologized. After the allegations resurfaced in 2015, Duggar apologized publicly for unspecified behaviour and resigned as a lobbyist for the Household Analysis Council, a conservative Christian group.

Months later, he publicly apologized for dishonest on his spouse and a pornography habit, for which he then sought therapy.

Prosecutors sought 20-year sentence

In looking for a 20-year sentence, prosecutors cited the graphic photos — and the ages of the kids concerned — in addition to court docket testimony concerning the alleged abuse of Duggar’s sisters.

Duggar’s previous behaviour “supplies an alarming window into the extent of his sexual curiosity in youngsters that the Courtroom ought to think about at sentencing,” federal prosecutors wrote of their sentencing memorandum.

“This previous conduct, when seen alongside the conduct for which he has been convicted, makes clear that Duggar has a deep-seated, pervasive, and violent sexual curiosity in youngsters, and a willingness to behave on that curiosity,” the court docket submitting stated.

Prosecutors additionally famous that Duggar’s laptop had been partitioned to evade accountability software program that had been put in to report back to his spouse exercise equivalent to porn searches, in accordance with consultants.

“There’s merely no indication that Duggar will ever take the steps needed to alter this sample of behaviour and deal with his predilection for minor females,” prosecutors wrote.

Duggar has maintained that he is harmless and that he intends to attraction, his attorneys wrote of their sentencing memorandum.

“Duggar accepts that he’s earlier than this Courtroom for sentencing and that this Courtroom should impose a penalty,” his attorneys wrote. “That’s justice. However Duggar additionally appeals to this Courtroom’s discretion to mood that justice with mercy.”

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