Just a few days ago, Josh Duggar was arrested in Arkansas for receiving and possessing child pornography.
It was horrific news, but unfortunately it wasn’t exactly shocking.
All the way back in 2015, the world learned that Josh had molested five young girls when he was a teenager, including four of his own sisters.
The family was just starting to get some attention around this time, and so Jim Bob and Michelle did all they could to sweep everything under the rug.
They sent Josh off to work construction for a few months instead of getting him any real help, and then they had him speak with a state trooper who was a friend of the family — and who is coincidentally currently serving time in prison on his own child porn charges.
That’s it. That’s how they handled it.
And then, several years later when In Touch did their investigation and discovered what had happened, Jim Bob and Michelle downplayed the molestations in a major way, essentially saying that Josh had just been curious about girls.
They claimed that the girls had been asleep when Josh had touched him, that he was super sorry and would never do anything like that again … basically anything to write off what had happened as a teenage boy making an understandable mistake instead of what it was.
Which, again, was child molestation.
A little while after this, Josh was outed for having an Ashley Madison account — Ashley Madison, in case you forgot, was a website for specifically married men to find women for hook ups.
He released a statement apologizing and admitting to having both a sex addiction and a porn addiction and went off for more “treatment.”
A few years later, in the fall of 2019, Homeland Security raided Josh’s home.
At the time, it was unclear what they were looking for, and it wasn’t until Friday that we learned the troubling details.
Right now, Josh is still being detained on one count of possessing child pornography and one count of receiving it.
In the coming days it will be decided if he can be released on bond, what the bond will be, and where he will go if he is released — a judge has already ordered that he not be allowed to stay in a residence with minors, meaning he can’t go home or to his parents’ house.
His trial is set for early July — he’s facing up to 40 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
So far, a few family members have made statements about the charges.
Jim Bob and Michelle vaguely implied that Josh is innocent and declared that they still love him, Jessa said she was “saddened,” and Jinger said she was “disturbed.”
But there’s one person being harsher than anyone else right now, and that is Derick Dillard.
Derick and Jill have been a bit estranged from the rest of the Duggar family for a while now, and Derick in particular has been …read more
Source:: The Hollywood Gossip
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