Josh Duggar pleads not guilty to child pornography possession charges

Josh Duggar has pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.

A day after the 33-year-old former reality star was arrested in Washington County, Arkansas, Duggar and his attorney appeared via Zoom for a hearing.

During the hearing, Duggar’s attorney told the court that he and his client waive the right to have the charges read aloud in court. However, after the hearing, court documents obtained by ET revealed his charges.

According to the documents, in May 2019, Duggar allegedly used the internet to download the material, some of which shows the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12. If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 for each count. .

The case is being prosecuted as part of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Duggar, who wore a gray prison suit during the hearing, will remain in custody until May 5, when a detention hearing will be held to request bail.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 1, while the trial is scheduled to begin July 6.

ET confirmed Duggar’s arrest on Thursday. After Duggar’s arrest, his sister, Jill, and her husband, Derek Dillard, exclusively told ET: “We just learned this information. It’s very sad.”

Duggar, who recently announced that he was expecting his seventh child with his wife, Anna, was previously investigated by Springdale, Arkansas police regarding allegations that he inappropriately touched five girls who were minors when he was 14 years old. According to various reports, no charges were filed. filed against him because the statute of limitations, which was three years at the time, had expired at the time of the 2006 investigation.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am very sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” he said in a statement at the time. “I confessed to my parents, who took various 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.”

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