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Former 19 Kids & Counting star Josh Duggar is in the midst of yet another scandal. The eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar was arrested this spring and will go to trial on November 30. A lot has happened in the past few months, and fans have found it difficult to keep track of everything that’s going on. If you haven’t been following this case closely and need to catch up, or if you would like a reminder of everything that has happened ahead of the trial, keep reading.
Josh Duggar’s Arrest
As we reported, Josh was arrested by the feds on April 29, 2021. He was arrested for receiving and possessing child sexual abuse images or child pornography. The arrest came after an investigation that began in November 2019. The feds originally raided Josh’s car lot, which he owned.
According to reports, Josh allegedly downloaded the content onto his devices at the car lot. The Duggar son allegedly did this without a VPN and didn’t block his IP address. This helped the feds trace the downloads directly back to the car lot.
Due to text messages sent on the days the content was accessed, the feds believe Josh is the one to blame. The time stamps reportedly match up.
After Josh was arrested, he had a bail hearing and was sent to live with a court-approved custodian. The Duggar family’s friends, the Rebers, are currently allowing Josh to stay in their guest house. There, Josh is following a set of rules. He can’t be around minors, except for his seven kids with his wife Anna’s supervision. He also cannot access the internet and must wear a GPS tracking device.
How has the rest of the family responded?
After Josh was arrested, a few of his family members made statements about his alleged crimes. You can read Jessa Seewald’s statement here and Jill Dillard’s here, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo also shared their thoughts, which you can find here.
Jim Bob and Michelle shared a statement, writing:
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. 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.”
After that statement, the Duggars haven’t said anything else. However, sources say Jim Bob hopes to sweep this scandal under the rug. Josh’s wife, Anna, also reportedly believes he’s innocent.
Anna has been at a couple of Josh’s court appearances since his arrest. She appears to be standing by his side but has yet to issue a statement.
Josh Duggar’s Trial
Josh will go to trial on Tuesday, November 30 in Arkansas. His father, Jim Bob, may testify against him. A fellow inmate is expected to testify as well.
As we have reported, Josh’s trial will not be televised. Reporters are unable to bring in electronic devices and share updates from the courtroom, so fans and critics will have to wait for word on the results.
If convicted, Josh will spend up to 20 years behind bars and pay up to $250,000 in fines. The former TLC star has already turned down multiple plea deals.
So, are you surprised to learn about Josh’s latest scandal? What do you predict will happen during the trial on Tuesday, November 30? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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