Former conservative activist and”19 Children and Counting” celebrity Josh Duggar pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to two child pornography charges.
On Thursday, online records demonstrated that the U.S. Marshals detained Duggar at Arkansas, however there was no sign what the alleged offense may be. Those charges remained unspecified at a hearing this afternoon where Duggar entered his request, but also the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas affirmed to Fox News that he’s been charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of kids. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to voicemails by Law&Crime.
Made public in the afternoon, the indictment accuses Duggar of receiving and possessing”pictures of minors under the age of 12, that was mailed, and hauled and delivered utilizing any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce.”
Prosecutors need Duggar to sacrifice”any book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, or other thing, which contains any visual depiction, which was created, transported, mailed, shipped or received in violation of the offenses at the Indictment.”
The 6’0? Tall, 33-year-old, 238-pound reality TV celebrity wore striped, V-neck prison apparel during court proceeding ran on Friday through Zoom. Duggar waived his right to appear in person at light of this COVID-19 pandemic. He was booked into the Washington County Jail at Fayetteville, Ark., at 1:14 pm Thursday afternoon. A prison records entrance revealed only that he was”on hold for additional division.” The”other division” was recorded as the federal government. No bond amount was recorded.
Duggar’s first appears in federal court shined no light on the puzzle of what the charges are. Duggar waived a reading of the charges against himand not one of the parties alluded to them in court.
Duggar’s attorney, Justin Gelfand, asked bond for his client. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carly Marshall asked three business days to prepare for a detention hearing, which is tentatively scheduled.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wiedemann said during the Friday hearing that if she did release Duggar, she would probably need a third-party custodian in light of these charges against him.
The news of Duggar’s arrest fell a week after the defendant’s wife, Anna Duggar, announced her and her husband were expecting their seventh child.
At a statement with all co-counsel Travis W. Story and Greg Payne, Gelfand affirmed the two charges but otherwise provided few details.
“He has pled not guilty to both charges, and we intend to defend this case aggressively and entirely,” the attorneys wrote in a statement sent to Law&Crime. “In this nation, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. However, when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom — which is exactly what Josh intends to perform.”
From the spring of 2015, Duggar cried amid allegations that he molested four of his sisters and teenager.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt other people, such as my loved ones and close friends,” Duggar explained in a statement to People magazine in May 2015 which did not directly disclose to any particular acts of wrongdoing. “I admitted this to my parents, who required several steps to assist me address the circumstance.”
At least five women’ genitals and breasts were the subject of Duggar’s touching, and frequently while they all slept, USA Today reported this year.
Update–April 30 at 12:32 p.m. Central Time: This story was updated to reflect reports which Duggar was charged with child pornography offenses and to bring a statement by his own attorneys.
Update–April 30 at 1:49 p.m. Central Time: This story was …