Josh Duggar is set to be released on bond Thursday following his arrest for receiving and possessing child pornography. Feds arrested the former ‘19 Kids and Counting’ star on April 29th. He faces up to 20 years in prison for both receiving and possessing the material. He has pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Josh’s lawyers filed for bail, arguing that he’s not a flight risk. On top of that, Duggar is famous, so his lawyers argued that he has a “widely-recognizable face and has spent the majority of his life in the public spotlight.”
His Release Comes with Many Conditions
While the judge did grant his bail, she reminded him of the grave nature of his charges. He is also not allowed to return home. “I’m just going to remind you how serious these charges are,” she said. She also noted that the evidence against him was “significant.”
She cited Duggar’s past offenses as an additional concern. He molested five young girls as a teenager in 2002 and 2003, including his own sisters. This is something he has admitted to.
Judge Christy Comstock also pointed out the disturbing fact that the ages of the children in the videos are close to the ages of his own children. He has six children, all under the age of 11 years old, with his wife, Anna. Despite this, he will be allowed to see his children as long as Anna is present.
Josh will be out under the condition of confinement in a home that is not his own. He will stay with friends of his parents, one of which is a pastor. While he is allowed to see his own children, he is not allowed to see any other minors, including his siblings and cousins.
He is subject to electric monitoring and has to remain in residence at all times except for church, meetings with his lawyer, court appearances, and doctor’s appointments. The court will not allow him to use any internet-capable device.
Disturbing Details came from Josh Duggar’s Hearing Today
On top of being granted bail, multiple new details were released regarding Duggar’s arrest. Feds invaded Duggar’s car lot in 2019. While it was unclear why at the time, it’s now linked to this case. Feds found the images on a hidden hard drive on Duggar’s work computer.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner, who was a part of the car lot raid, said they found a computer with dozens of images depicting the sexual abuse of minors. Faulkner refused to read the names of the files that launched the investigation due to their graphic and disturbing nature.
Faulkner also revealed that the files were shared via peer-to-peer sharing. The forensic investigation found a program called Covenant Eyes on Duggar’s computer. The program helps users quit pornography by reporting to an “accountability partner.” In this case, the “accountability partner” was his wife, Anna. Josh installed programs to get around Covenant Eyes. He also frequently accessed the “dark web.”
Faulkner said the case was “in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.”
His trial will begin on July 6th.