Reality TV star and Christian values activist Josh Duggar has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography following his arrest in Arkansas by federal agents. Legal documents say the longtime star of 19 Kids and Counting received child pornography in 2019, and is accused of knowingly possessing images of minors younger than 12. Duggar faces up to 20 years of imprisonment if convicted. He has pled not guilty on all counts.
Homeland Security first raided the Arkansas car dealership where Duggar works in 2019 as part of a federal probe.
In 2015, his name was among the enormous leak of Ashley Madison users – a website for married people looking for a partner to cheat on their spouses with. At the time, Duggar apologized, saying he had “secretly, over the last several years, been viewing pornography on the Internet.”
“This became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife,” Duggar continued at the time. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
In May of that year, In Touch Weekly published a redacted police report reporting that Duggar had allegedly molested several young girls, including his sister, during his teenage years.
In addition to his time on 19 Kids and Counting, Duggar spent time as the executive director of the Family Research Council, a lobbying group for conservative causes. In a statement, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar called the allegations “very serious” and said that they “love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.”