Joshua James Duggar, the 33-year-old former star of the popular reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” appeared in federal court Friday to face criminal charges he received and held the materials showing the sexual Child abuse represented the US Department of Justice said.
A US Attorney’s spokesman for the Western District of Arkansas confirmed the first time Duggar appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty on charges that he received the sexually explicit material sometime between May 14 and 16, 2019 have.
The government is requesting his detention and a hearing on the matter is scheduled for May 5th, the spokesman added. Duggar was arrested Thursday on charges.
In a statement, Duggar’s lawyers said they intend to “aggressively and thoroughly defend this case”.
If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.
Duggar became famous on the TLC reality series about his parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children.
The show explored their religious values and beliefs, including their disapproval of birth control, their preference for home schooling their children, and their strict rules for dating, which included advertising their daughters under advertising and kissing them until they were married to disallow.
However, the show was suspended in 2015 after it was revealed that Josh Duggar molested five girls, four of whom were his own sisters.
At the time, Duggar was working on the Family Research Council, a Christian fundamentalist group founded by James Dobson.
He resigned from his post at that point and issued a statement admitting his actions.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably, which I feel very sorry for and deeply regret. I’ve hurt others, including my family and close friends, ”he told People Magazine.
“I confessed this to my parents, who took several steps to help me cope with the situation. We spoke to the authorities to whom I confessed to my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive advice. “
Duggar was never prosecuted for these acts.
In 2015, Duggar also had to publicly admit he cheated on his wife after hackers leaked the names of all subscribers to Ashley Madison, a website that encouraged its users to engage in extramarital affairs.
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