The Duggar family is speaking after the arrest of Josh Duggar.
The 33-year-old former reality star was arrested in Washington County, Arkansas, on Thursday. He then pleaded not guilty to receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children during a court hearing on Friday. Soon after, his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, issued a statement expressing the seriousness of the allegations.
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious, “the couple said in a statement about their website. “It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come out, and that all of this is resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.”
The day before, Josh’s sister, Jill, and her husband, Derek Dillard, had exclusively told ET: “We just learned this information. It’s very sad.”
On Friday, Josh, who recently announced that he was expecting his seventh child with his wife Anna, and his attorney appeared via Zoom for a hearing. During the hearing, his 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, Josh allegedly used the internet to download the material, part of which describes the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 for each count. . Josh will remain in custody until May 5, when a detention hearing will be held to seek bond.
Josh was previously investigated by Springdale, Arkansas police regarding allegations that he inappropriately touched five underage girls when he was 14 years old. According to various reports, no charges were brought against him due to the statute of limitations, which at the time was three years. , had expired at the time of the 2006 investigation.