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Josh Duggar Arrested For Child Porn, Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison If Convicted

Josh Duggar Arrested For Child Porn, Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison If Convicted

Disturbing details have emerged about Josh Duggar's arrest. The former 19 Kids and Counting star was charged with receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children. If convicted on the child pornography charges, Josh faces up to 20 years in prison.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office of Arkansas, Josh allegedly downloaded the illegal material, some of which involves children under the age of 12, from the internet in May 2019. He was taken into federal custody Thursday.

During Friday's Zoom hearing, Josh pleaded not guilty to both counts via his attorney. His lawyer requested he be released on bond and a hearing was set for May 5. According to Fox News, the judge said the former TLC star will need to live in a home without minors if a bond is granted. Josh has six children — and one on the way — ages 11 and under. His youngest turned 1 in November.

Josh's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued a statement after news broke Friday.

"We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time," they told Us Weekly. "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."

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