By Caitlin O’Kane
May 1, 2021 / 7:07 a.m.
/ CBS News
Josh Duggar, who appeared alongside his parents and 18 siblings on the reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” faces charges of downloading and possessing child pornography, according to a Federal indictment unsealed Friday
The news comes just days after Duggar, 33, and his wife Anna Duggar announced they were expecting their seventh child
According to court documents, in May 2019, Duggar allegedly used the internet to download child pornography, some of which depicts sexual abuse of children under the age of 12 He is accused of receiving and possessing child pornography
He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count, if found guilty
Duggar’s case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Childhood, a Justice Department initiative that tackles the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse
In 2015, In Touch magazine published a 2006 police report claiming that Duggar sexually assaulted five girls as early as 2002 The incidents were not reported to the police until 2006 and the authorities could not file a complaint because the statute of limitations had passed.
Duggar, the oldest of 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, has resigned from his post at the Family Research Council in Washington, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to “advance faith, family and freedom in public policies and culture of a Christian worldview “
At the time, Duggar posted a statement on the family’s Facebook page, writing: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, which I am extremely fond of. sorry and i deeply regret it”
“I hurt other people including my family and close friends I confessed to my parents who took several steps to help me cope with the situation,” he said. he declares
His wife, Anna, also released a statement, revealing that her husband confessed to her past wrongdoing two years before their fiancee At the time, the couple only had two children
The family’s reality show was canceled by TLC in July 2015 In a statement, the company said: “The recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection Over the past few weeks, TLC has regularly consulted with leading victim rights and U.K. organizations.S, including RAINN and Darkness to Light, to discuss how to use this moment to solve the problem and have a positive impact Unfortunately, child sexual abuse is not an isolated problem; it affects many children and families around the world “
In the same year, Duggar was accused of having an account on Ashley Madison, a popular website dedicated to discreet dating and extramarital affairs.
Although Duggar did not speak directly to the dating site, the former reality TV star released a statement saying, “I was the greatest hypocrite of all time While marrying the faith and family values, I have secretly over the last few years watched Internet pornography and it has become a secret addiction and I have become unfaithful to my wife”
He then changed the statement to read: “I have been the greatest hypocrite of all time While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife”
First published on April 30, 2021 / 13:55
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Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering CBS News and her good news brand, The Uplift
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