Verdict Reached in Josh Duggar Case

Verdict Reached in Josh Duggar Case

A political activist and former star of the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting has been convicted of two charges relating to the sexual abuse of children.

On Thursday, after a six-day trial that featured ten witnesses, a jury found Josh Duggar guilty of one count of receiving CSAM and one count of possessing CSAM. It took the jury just under seven hours of deliberation to reach its verdict.

The 33-year-old married father of seven now faces a maximum prison sentence of 40 years and a fine of up to $500,000.

Speaking outside the federal courthouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas, after the verdict was reached, Clay Fowlkes, the acting US attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said: "First and foremost, this shows that no person is above the law."

Fowlkes continued: “Regardless of wealth, social status, or fame, our office will continue to seek out all individuals who seek to abuse children and victimize them through the downloading, possession, and sharing of child pornography.”

Duggar's defense attorney, Justin Gelfand, said that his client intends to launch an appeal against his conviction.

Federal authorities began an investigation into Duggar in 2019 after a Little Rock police detective discovered CSA files were

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