Josh Duggar of ’19 Kids And Counting’ pleads not guilty to child porn charges after ‘downloading sex abuse material’ as family say they’re praying for him and his pregnant wife

Josh Duggar of the hit reality TV show 19 Kids And Counting has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.

The 33-year-old pleaded not guilty to the federal charges on Friday during a virtual court hearing during which was ordered to live with a third party with no children if he is granted bond.

Duggar was taken into custody in Springdale, Arkansas a day earlier after turning himself in but the charges were not announced at the time. He is charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.

According to the indictment, he is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. Some of the child pornography material he is accused of possessing shows children under the age of 12.

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison.

His arrest followed a Homeland Security raid on his now-closed car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas back in November 2019. He was not charged at the time.

His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued a statement on Friday, saying they were praying for their son and pregnant daughter-in-law.

‘The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious,’ they said.

‘It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.’

Duggar’s sister, Jinger Vuolo, posted a statement on Instagram: ‘We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh.

‘While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice.’

The arrest marks Duggar’s latest brush with the law after his father, Jim Bob, reported him to police in 2006 for allegedly molesting five young girls over multiple occasions back when he was 14 and 15.

Four of the girls were his sisters but he was never criminally charged. He spent several months in a Christian rehab facility where he was treated for a sex addiction.

He was sued by a porn star in 2015 for allegedly assaulting her during sex but the lawsuit was later dropped.

Duggar is also currently in the midst of a separate legal battle after a civil lawsuit was filed against him for real estate fraud.

His arrest on the latest charges came just days after he and his wife Anna announced they were expecting their seventh child.

Anna shared the news to Instagram on Saturday with a video of herself and her husband hugging in a field with all six of their kids running toward the camera.

The announcement doubled as a gender reveal as pink confetti came out of a clear umbrella the couple – who are both 33 – was holding over their heads.

Prior to the charges being formally announced, a source told The Sun that his wife was ‘standing by’ him and accompanied him to the police station.

‘Anna is standing by her husband as she always has,’ the source said. ‘Josh and Anna asked the family to pray for them, and said that they love them.’

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Source: Daily Mail