Jinger Vuolo, the younger sister of Josh Duggar, has issued a strong statement after his arrested on child pornography charges earlier this week. Both were stars of the former TLC show 19 Kids and Counting.
Vuolo said she supported the authorities in their “pursuit of justice” in the case.
“We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice,” the couple wrote in a statement shared to Instagram.
Justin Gelfand, the 33-year-old’s attorney, entered the not guilty plea on his behalf on Friday, US Weekly reported. Duggar is at the Washington County jail in Arkansas on Thursday without bail. However, he may request bail from a federal judge on May 5.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count.
Federal authorities arrested Duggar on Thursday. TMZ reported Friday that officials charged him with possessing child pornography, including images of minors below the age of 12. Homeland Security officials raided his office in 2019 as part of an investigation, TMZ said.
His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, asked for their fans’ support and prayers.
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time,” they 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.”
Josh Duggar Has Admitted to Molesting Girls Before
TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting in 2015 after several women — four of them younger sisters of Josh and a babysitter — to say he had molested them a decade earlier when he was a teenager.
Josh Duggar released a statement saying that he had “acted inexcusably” but had received counseling.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he said in the statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
He left the Family Research Council over the scandal, but remained a conservative political advocate.
He and his wife Anna Duggar announced recently that they are expecting their seventh child, a girl.
“Anna is standing by her husband as she always has,” the source said. “She even accompanied Josh to Fayetteville on Thursday so he could turn himself in to authorities. Josh and Anna asked the family to pray for them, and said that they love them.”