Former reality TV participant Josh Duggar was sentenced on Wednesday to nearly 12 1/2 years in prison after he was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Duggar, whose large Christian family was the focus of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned.
Authorities began investigating Duggar in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired. TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following allegations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier.
Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks to give the maximum term of 20 years to Duggar, arguing in a pre-sentencing court filing that Duggar has a “deep-seated, pervasive and violent sexual interest in children.” The judge sentenced Duggar to 12 years and seven months in prison, one day after denying a defense motion to overturn the guilty verdict on grounds of insufficient evidence or to order a new trial.
Republican darling and professional child porn collector Josh Duggar just got sentenced to 12 years in jail.
I heard they don’t treat pedos very kindly in prison.
Thoughts & prayers, you filthy animal. pic.twitter.com/NrDg3CYFmd
— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) May 25, 2022
Prosecutors also noted that Duggar’s computer had been partitioned to evade accountability software that had been installed to report to his wife activity such as porn searches, according to experts. “There is simply no indication that Duggar will ever take the steps necessary to change this pattern of behavior and address his predilection for minor females,” prosecutors wrote.
Hey @TedCruz, Josh Duggar's federal judge didn't give him the maximum sentence for being a perverted POS child sex abuse enthusiast. Are you going to hold a press conference calling him a pedophile, or is that only for Black women judges?
— Over-educated Mrs. Odie (@MrsOdie2) May 25, 2022
Duggar has maintained that he’s innocent and that he intends to appeal, his attorneys wrote in their sentencing memorandum. “Duggar accepts that he is before this Court for sentencing and that this Court must impose a penalty,” his attorneys wrote. “That is justice. But Duggar also appeals to this Court’s discretion to temper that justice with mercy.”
Why do people call idiots on reality tv “stars?” What the hell are they doing that’s worthy of being called a “star?”
Josh Duggar isn’t a star. He’s a pedophile & a rapist.
— 🇺🇸🇺🇦PeaceLove&Outrage ☮️💕😡 (@1980Dorothy) May 25, 2022