After more than three hours of barbarous testimony with a Homeland Security agent and the others on Wednesday, a federal judge ordered former conservative activist and”19 Children and Counting” celebrity Josh Duggar released from jail pending his trial for receiving and possessing child porn. Prosecutors assert that Duggar had dozens of images and also a movie of minors”as young as toddlers”
The judge refused the suggestion of releasing Duggar to his wife and six kids.
“I cannot in good conscience send you home,” she said, instead sending him to the custody of friends of the Duggar family that testified in the hearing.
As to if Duggar posed a threat to the neighborhood, the judge acknowledged:”Actually, I don’t know.”
“Honestly, the victims of your crime, if you dedicated it, then concern the courtroom,” Judge Comstock noted, adding the propagation of child porn feeds the market.
Duggar cannot access the net and must abide by other conditions imposed by the judge. He will officially be published on Thursday.
Although Duggar’s trial has been intended for July, police previewed a number of the signs through often-grisly testimony from Homeland Security Investigations agent Gerald Faulkner.
Based on his testimony, one of the files allegedly downloaded on an HP computer seized from Duggar’s car lot, named DD.torrent, is short for”Daisy’s Destruction,” that Faulkner described as among the”Top Ten worst, worst” files he has examined.
Judge Comstack stated of the document:”That worries the courtroom,” along with the number of files and the era of their victims.
The other barely printable document listed in a forensic report shared with the courtroom began with”14yogirl” accompanied by 2 vulgar four-letter phrases for sex acts. Faulkner declined to read the document name to the album, but he said they were true.
The document name was exhibited in uncensored type over the Zoom video in which the Wednesday hearing has been conducted.
Prosecutors sought Duggar’s continued detention because his indictment on Friday on allegations he obtained and owned material depicting the sexual abuse of kids under the age of 12.
Faulkner, that estimated working on more than 1,000 child exploitation cases, testified for one hour and a half during the detention hearing.
According to Faulkner, the investigation began after a Little Rock detective found the transmission of known child porn records through the peer reviewed file-sharing software BitTorrent. One was a movie comprising the sexual abuse of”2 prepubescent girls,” and another was a zip file with 65 explicit photos”consistent with child porn,” the agent said.
Faulkner explained that he originally told Duggar the investigation looked for”electronic contraband,” not allowing on the disposition of investigation.
The agent said he obtained more special after Duggar consented to be interviewed.
“We finally outlined our investigation to date that led us to that car lot,” Faulkner said.
If asked a question associated with that child porn investigation, Duggar replied:”I’d rather not answer that query,” based on Faulkner.
Throughout cross-examination, Duggar’s attorney Justin K. Gelfand explained that his client asked to telephone his counselor, and Faulkner took the telephone from his hand in the moment. The broker acknowledged that this was true.
When asked when Duggar was concerted, Faulkner replied no in the reality television star declined to provide his password along with names of workers to question.
Gelfand pressed that thing farther.
“He was not violent. He did not run off, not one of these things, correct?”
“That is right, sir,” Faulkner replied.
Faulkner explained that the HP computer had a copy of the software Covenant Eyes, made to overcome pornography addiction, but the agent said he learned the software does not work on the …