“19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar has been indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
A federal grand jury in the Western District of Arkansas indicted Duggar, alleging that in 2019, he “knowingly” received images of children under the age of 12. The former TLC star has been charged on two counts pertaining to child pornography.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Duggar could face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 on each count.
“Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children,” the press release said.
The case is being prosecuted in part by national initiative Project Safe Childhood, a program started in 2006 by the Department of Justice to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse.
Duggar was arrested by the United States Marshals Service according to online government records, and booked into jail Thursday afternoon in Washington County, Arkansas.
USA TODAY has reached out to the office of Magistrate Judge Mark E. Ford and Homeland Security Investigations for comment.
Duggar’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar released a joint statement on their family website Friday afternoon following the news of their eldest son’s indictment.
Anna announced on Instagram that she is pregnant with their seventh child, a baby girl.
In a video posted to Instagram Saturday, the couple stand in a field with their six children running in the background. Duggar opens an umbrella over himself and his wife, dropping pink confetti over them.
“It’s a GIRL!!!!!,” Anna wrote in the caption. “We are overjoyed to announce baby seven is on the way and we can’t wait to hold her in our arms this fall!”
The couple have been married 13 years and share kids Mackynzie, 11; Michael, 9; Marcus, 7; Meredith, 5; Mason, 3; and 17-month-old Maryella.
The Duggar family rose to fame with their TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” which chronicled the personal life of Arkansas parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Josh is their eldest son.
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TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following a sexual abuse scandal involving Josh, who later also admitted to a porn addiction and cheating on his wife.The series’ spin-off “Counting On” features storylines focusing on his sisters and their young families.
Duggar was never charged after an anonymous tip spurred an investigation into his alleged fondling of five girls in 2002 and 2003. He acknowledged wrongdoing in a statement after news reports were published in 2015. His parents and two of his sisters later confirmed the actions.
Josh Duggar and wife Anna are expecting their sixth child this fall
Contributing: Andrea Mandell; Associated Press
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