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Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial got underway in northwest Arkansas this week, and much of the discussion of the trial has centered on the myriad ways the “19 Kids and Counting” star reportedly covered his track.

The 33-year-old father of seven is charged with two counts of obtaining and possessing child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison on each count if convicted.


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Wednesday, December 1

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Before Duggar’s trial began on Wednesday, US District Judge Timothy Brooks rejected a motion by Duggar’s attorneys to block the jury from hearing evidence that he had molested four girls nearly 20 years ago. That was accepted.

In court, Duggar’s defense attorneys have argued that Duggar was not the one who downloaded the alleged inappropriate material on his HP All-in-One desktop computer at the family’s used car dealership.

The defense argues that since no child pornography was found on Duggar’s personal iPhone or MacBook Pro laptop, he clearly could not be responsible for the material found on his work equipment and that someone else placed the images on the computer. Was.

However, federal prosecutors presented a slew of evidence to the contrary, including displays and time stamps that allegedly showed a breadcrumb trail of Duggar’s alleged activity.

Thursday, December 2

Duggar was joined by his wife as he made his way to the court on Thursday.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent Gerald Faulkner took the stand Thursday morning.

A KNWA reporter in the courtroom said Twitter Faulkner was questioned about why some cell phones were taken as evidence and others were not. As The Sun reports, the defense questioned Faulkner about another employee, which Faulkner said was ignored because he was allegedly in another state at the time of the alleged crimes. Faulkner said he did not explore the possibility of remote access per se.

When prosecutors questioned Faulkner, the agent reportedly said that if there was evidence of hacking or another employee being in place, it would be investigated. He claimed that the agents had no legal reason to search the employee’s phone.

The jury was also presented with video and photo elements of alleged child sexual abuse material detailing Duggar’s alleged online presence.

James Fottrell, the Justice Department’s director for child abuse, took the stand on Thursday, saying that the Tor dark web browser Duggar allegedly used to cover up his tracks may have been used to anonymously surf the Web. can go. Sun,

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During the testimony, Fotrell explained that in order to install Linux on any computer, one must physically initiate the action and the device must be physically present at boot up.

The court was then shown a cache folder for Tor that contained most recently used downloads, and a Linux partition revealed Duggar’s name and address.

The court was then shown thumbnail files of folders in which purported images of minors believed to be sexually suggestive were kept.

Photographs of graphic images were shown to the jury and narrated by James Fottrell.

He said the photos were popular commercial images of child sexual abuse material.

Additional testimony was heard from Marshall Kennedy, a computer forensics analyst (CFA) with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who was the sixth prosecution witness called to the stand.

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Kennedy, who also serves on the Internet Crime Against Children (ICAC) task force, explained the process the CFA uses to create “forensic images” of confiscated equipment, which allows them to read-only the contents of electronics. Allows for viewing in the mode which prevents the possibility of data corruption or deletion, according to Fox24,

Justin Duggar is seen giving two thumbs up here as he leaves the courthouse where his brother Josh is facing trial.

He acknowledged that investigators found no incriminating evidence on Duggar’s personal iPhone or MacBook Pro laptop.

However, investigators had previously said that Duggar allegedly used his work computer at the family’s used car dealership to download explicit material.

On Thursday, Josh’s younger brother Justin Duggar raised eyebrows when he was photographed giving two thumbs up to the cameras as he left the courthouse. Amy King appears to have commented on Justin’s photo making her way to the internet when she wrote Twitter, “Also you don’t smile with your thumbs up in a situation like this. Where’s the respect?”

King in another tweet wrote, “It’s okay to show emotion, especially when it’s a heartbreaking situation. Who cares if there are cameras. Just be real for once.”

Friday, December 3

Fottrell continued his testimony Friday and provided details derived from a backup of Duggar’s iPhone built on a MacBook Pro laptop that kept the phone in a car lot at the exact dates and times when the illegal material was downloaded, accessed and shared. Was. dealership desktop computer, KNWA-TV in Fayetteville reported,

Homeland Security senior crime forensics analyst James Follett testified Friday that a car receipt named “Josh” was found to be the sales agent behind the split, where child pornography was downloaded, Democrat-Gazette reported, And the password to access the hidden section was a variation on the password Duggar had used for at least five years on other devices.

The '19 Kids and Counting' star faces 20 years in prison on each count if convicted of the charges.

Prosecutors say child pornography was downloaded to computers in May 2019. Duggar was officially charged in April.

According to a court reporter working for the Sun, the judge said Friday that Duggar’s trial will continue until at least mid-week next week.

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