There is more bad news for “Counting On” star Josh Duggar. He won’t be allowed to see his six kids or return home if released on bail. Authorities arrested the 33-year-old former reality TV star and now faces federal charges of receiving and possessing child porn. On Friday, Duggar entered a not guilty plea to the charges in an Arkansas court.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, after Duggar entered the plea, if Duggar were to be released on bond, he would have to be in a residence where there’s no minor in the home.
Moreso, that would also keep him from returning to his home, where he lives with his wife, Anna, and their six children. Despite the conditions, Duggar’s attorney is still fighting for Duggar to be released on bond. Duggar’s trial is set for July 6, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 1.
“Given the nature of the charges against him, the court would likely require a third-party custodian that he could reside with and that would ensure compliance with conditions of bond so you all would need to get that line out and inform our probation office of who that person is so they could interview that person,” U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L. Wiedemann said.
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“They also will want to interview Mr. Duggar. They won’t discuss your charges, Duggar, but they will interview you for information to determine whether you’re a good person for release, in a residence where they are no minors in the home or that would be visiting unsupervised,” the judge told Duggar.
Currently, the state is charging Duggar for allegedly using “the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019,” the release states.
Following his July 6 court date, a federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count. However, Duggar’s attorneys say he will fight the charges.
“Josh Duggar has been charged in a two-count indictment. He has pled not guilty to both charges and we intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly,” Duggar and his attorney said in a joint statement to TMZ. “In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom—and that is exactly what Josh intends to do.”