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Josh Duggar's Sister Speaks Out About His Child Porn Charges

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Jinger Duggar Vuolo attends the Los Angeles Special Screening Of Discovery's "Serengeti" at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on July 23, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
 

By    |   Monday, 03 May 2021 12:28 PM

Josh Duggar's sister, Jinger Vuolo, says she is "disturbed" by his child pornography charges. 

The former reality TV star was arrested on Thursday and is now facing charges of downloading and possessing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty at a hearing Friday. Shortly after, Jinger and her husband Jeremy released a statement addressing the situation. 

"We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice," the couple wrote in a statement shared on Instagram.

Duggar is accused of using "the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019," a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office states, according to Fox News. 

In response to the news, Duggar's parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also released a statement obtained by People on Friday.

"We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious," their joint statement read. "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."

Duggar starred on TLC’s "19 Kids and Counting" for several years, but the show was pulled from the network in 2015 after accusations emerged that he had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. He was never charged but later released a now-deleted statement cited by US Weekly in which he apologized for acting "inexcusably."

"I hurt others, including my family and close friends," he wrote. "I confessed this to my parents who took several 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. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life."

On Friday, Duggar's attorneys said they planned to defend his case "aggressively and thoroughly."

"In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime," the attorneys said in a statement. "But when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom — and that is exactly what Josh intends to do."

A detention hearing has been set for May 5 with a trial date scheduled for July 6. If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.

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Josh Duggar's sister, Jinger Vuolo, says she is "disturbed" by his child pornography charges. The former reality TV star was arrested on Thursday and is now facing charges of downloading and possessing child pornography...
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