Duggar Family Releases Statement After Josh Duggar’s Arrest

by Halle Ames
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The Duggar family has released a statement in the wake of their eldest son, Josh Duggar’s arrest. 

On Thursday, Josh Duggar was arrested by federal agents in Arkansas. 

Josh Duggar Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The United States Marshal’s office was able to confirm the arrest to Fox News, saying multiple agencies assisted them. New reports have uncovered the reasoning behind the arrest. 

According to TMZ, Josh Duggar is facing two charges for receiving and possessing child pornography. Legal documents on the case noted that Josh Duggar knowingly received child pornography in May of 2019. The photo included images of children under the age of 12. 

If Duggar is found guilty, he could serve up to 20 years behind bars as well as a $250,000 fine for each count. As of Friday, Josh pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. His trial will begin in July.

Josh Duggar is currently in places on hold at the Washington County Jail in Arkansas. He is now being held without bail.

Duggar Family Speaks Out

The rest of the 19 Kids and Counting family made a statement to US Weekly about the issue involving Josh Duggar 

“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in a statement to Us Weekly via their family rep on Friday, April 30. “The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.”

In 2015, Josh Duggar was exposed for molesting four of his younger sisters and one babysitting when he was a teenager. Later that year, the now 33-year-old also admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna, while in rehab. 

The two seemed to have worked through their troubles. As of last week, Anna announced that the couple was expecting their seventh child together, a daughter. The children range in ages from 11-years-old to five months, while a newborn is on the way.