Josh Duggar gets over 12 years in prison at child porn sentencing

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Fayetteville, Ark. — Former world TV prima Josh Duggar was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months successful prison, much than 12 years. Duggar, who was convicted successful December on national charges of receiving and possessing kid pornography, had faced up to 20 years.

Prosecutors had sought maximum condemnation for Duggar, whose ample household was the absorption of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" world show. They argued successful a pre-sentencing tribunal filing that Duggar has a "deep-seated, pervasive and convulsive intersexual involvement successful children."

Duggar, whose lawyers sought a five-year sentence, maintains his innocence and has said helium volition appeal. 

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks successful Fayetteville, astir 140 miles northwest of Little Rock, denied Duggar's petition for an acquittal oregon a caller trial.

Duggar was arrested successful April 2021 aft a Little Rock constabulary detective recovered kid porn files were being shared by a machine traced to Duggar. Investigators testified that images depicting the intersexual maltreatment of children, including toddlers, were downloaded successful 2019 onto a machine astatine a car dealership Duggar owned.

Josh Duggar-Child Pornography This undated photograph provided by the Washington County (Arkansas) Detention Center shows erstwhile world TV prima Josh Duggar. Washington County Detention Center via AP

TLC canceled "19 Kids and Counting" successful 2015 pursuing allegations that Duggar had molested 4 of his sisters and a babysitter years earlier. Authorities began investigating the maltreatment successful 2006 aft receiving a extremity from a household person but concluded that the statute of limitations connected immoderate imaginable charges had expired.

Duggar's parents said helium had confessed to the fondling and apologized. After the allegations resurfaced successful 2015, Duggar apologized publically for unspecified behaviour and resigned arsenic a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, a blimpish Christian group.

Months later, helium publically apologized for cheating connected his woman and a pornography addiction, for which helium past sought treatment.

In seeking a 20-year sentence, prosecutors cited the graphic images - and the ages of the children progressive - arsenic good arsenic tribunal grounds astir the alleged maltreatment of Duggar's sisters.

Duggar's past behaviour "provides an alarming model into the grade of his intersexual involvement successful children that the Court should see astatine sentencing," national prosecutors wrote successful their sentencing memorandum.

"This past conduct, erstwhile viewed alongside the behaviour for which helium has been convicted, makes wide that Duggar has a deep-seated, pervasive, and convulsive intersexual involvement successful children, and a willingness to enactment connected that interest" the tribunal filing said.

Prosecutors besides noted that Duggar's machine had been partitioned to evade accountability bundle that had been installed to study to his woman enactment specified arsenic porn searches, according to experts.

"There is simply nary denotation that Duggar volition ever instrumentality the steps indispensable to alteration this signifier of behaviour and code his predilection for insignificant females," prosecutors wrote.

Duggar has maintained that he's guiltless and that helium intends to appeal, his attorneys wrote successful their sentencing memorandum.

"Duggar accepts that helium is earlier this Court for sentencing and that this Court indispensable enforce a penalty," his attorneys wrote. "That is justice. But Duggar besides appeals to this Court's discretion to temper that justness with mercy."

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