Jill Duggar Dillard believes her brother Josh Duggar belongs in prison. On Thursday (12/9), a jury convicted the 33-year-old of having child pornography on his work computer. He now faces 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count.
Jill Duggar said the evidence was clear. And she thanked law enforcement for their work in the case and offered her sympathies to Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna, and their seven children.
“Today was difficult for our family,” Jill Duggar Dillard posted on her blog. “Our hearts go out to the victims of child abuse or any kind of exploitation. We are thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who save kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse. Nobody is above the law. It applies equally to everybody, no matter your wealth, status, associations, gender, race, or any other factor.”
Jill Duggar Dillard said the trial might be over, but it’s the beginning of a long, painful process for her family. Anna Duggar stood by her husband through the trial. Though she hasn’t spoken publicly about the case since Josh’s arrest earlier this year.
“Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions,” Jill Duggar wrote. “Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future. This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else. Josh’s family has a long road ahead. We stand with them, we are praying for them, and we will seek to support them however we can during this dark time.”
Police are holding Josh Duggar at the Washington County Jail until his sentencing. Judge Timothy L. Brooks said that could be four months from now. Duggar’s lawyers plan to appeal the verdict.
Josh Duggar Has History of Child Abuse Claims
This wasn’t the first time someone accused Josh Duggar of abusing children. In 2015, reporters unearthed a police report from nine years earlier that accused Josh of molesting five girls between the ages of 5 and 10. Josh Duggar was 15 when the alleged abuse happened. His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, told Fox News that their son confessed the abuse to them and admitted that four of the victims were his sisters. Jill Duggar Dillard and her sister Jessa later said Josh touched them while they slept.
A family friend tipped off police about the alleged abuse. However, prosecutors didn’t file charges because they believed the statute of limitations had likely run out, reports said.
Josh apologized after the report surfaced, saying, “I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry.” TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of the molestation allegations.