- Former reality star Josh Duggar was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography on Thursday.
- Duggar is seen smiling in a booking photo taken after the conviction.
- Duggar is being held in jail until his sentencing, which the judge said would happen in about four months.
Former reality star Josh Duggar smiled for the cameras as he was booked into jail on Thursday after being convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Local outlet KNWA also obtained video showing Duggar being booked into jail. The video shows a handcuffed Duggar being led into a room, where an officer takes the handcuffs off of him, then instructs Duggar to take off his shoes.
Before the trial, Duggar’s defense team had tried to ban a set of images showing Duggar’s hands and feet from being used in court, arguing that federal agents hadn’t obtained a warrant before taking the photos.
The photos were taken after Duggar’s arrest, and prosecutors wanted to enter them into evidence because Duggar has a scar on one of his hands that they said lines up with other images found on Duggar’s computer hard drives. Throughout the trial, Duggar’s defense argued that the images weren’t his, and that Duggar had been the victim of a hacking.
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Duggar, who once starred on his family’s hit TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on each charge. Judge Timothy L. Brooks said sentencing would likely happen in four months, KNWA reported.
During the seven-day trial, several witnesses testified about the disturbing images depicting child sexual abuse that were found on Duggar’s devices after a 2019 raid on his used car dealership.
One federal agent said some of the material involved children under the age of 12, including an infant.
The trial also featured testimony from a family friend who said that Duggar confessed to her years prior that he had fondled four of his sisters, both over and under their clothes.
Revelations of the alleged abuse led to the canceling of “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015, after InTouch Weekly published a police report detailing the allegations. While a state trooper was told of the molestation allegations, Duggar was never charged with a crime.
Last month, Duggar welcomed his seventh child with his wife, Anna, a daughter they named Madyson Lily.