Josh Duggar Found Guilty in Sex Crimes Case

Josh Duggar is seen in a booking photo taken on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Credit: United States Marshals Service)

An Arkansas jury found Josh Duggar guilty Thursday on charges of receiving child pornography and possession of child pornography. 

The former reality TV star now faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count, local television station KNWA reports.

The trial, which lasted for six days, was held in the city of Fayetteville. During the legal proceedings, the prosecution called 10 witnesses while the defense called two. Closing arguments began Wednesday and the jury deliberated for under seven hours.

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Duggar and his large Arkansas family starred on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting until the network canceled the show in 2015, following revelations that years earlier Josh had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. He previously called himself “the biggest hypocrite ever” when he apologized in 2015 for cheating on his wife  as well as for his pornography addiction.

Following his arrest in April of this year, TLC canceled the Duggar family spinoff series Counting On, which centered on Josh’s sisters and their families.

Josh, 33, is the oldest child of devout Christians Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Jim Bob is currently running in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in Northwest Arkansas.