Duggar is running for Chancellor Arkansas Senate as son stands trial for child pornography
Josh DuggarA child pornography trial is set to officially begin Wednesday in Arkansas federal court, two days after her father Jim Bob Duggar took the stand at an evidence hearing.
Josh, 33, is facing two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. Josh is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children. The family is best known for the former “19 Kids and Counting” series on TLC, which was pulled from the network in 2015 after the Josh molestation scandal surfaced.
At Monday’s evidence hearing, Jim Bob was subpoenaed by prosecutors and confirmed that his son had come to him around 2002 with an admission that he had inappropriately touched four minor women, whom Jane Do. was identified as 4. However, Jim Bob said he could not remember the specifics of the negotiations when pressed by the government.
Jim Bob said in court, “He told me he had touched some girls, like, when they were sleeping, like, chest, like, on their clothes. They didn’t wake up.”
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He later said that he could not give the specific words used. “I mean, he didn’t use it – I can’t remember exactly the word he used. I can’t remember exactly how he said it.”
Jim Bob said he and his wife Michelle took immediate action in their home to prevent it from happening again, but was not asked what specific action they took.
After Josh’s second revelation after the first incident, Jim Bob confirmed that he had gone to the Arkansas State Police on the recommendation of an elder at his church, Jim Holt. Holt’s wife, Bobby Holt, also testified at Monday’s hearing.
Prosecutors presented Jim Bob with a police report published by In Touch Weekly magazine in 2015, causing the Duggar patriarch to come on the defensive.
“I can’t remember. I didn’t write the police report. I can’t remember what was said. And I haven’t read the police report in many years,” Duggar asked the judge if he was allowed to investigate the document further. was going to give
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“Mr. Duggar, what I’m doing is controlling this test. Okay. She’s showing you a document and identifying which document is being shown to you. Then she’ll ask you something about the document.” The question is going to be asked. If there is a reasonable objection, someone will make it in the courtroom, but it will not be you. You will answer the questions asked,” the judge replied.
Jim Bob also raised questions on behalf of the defense team. Discussing his son’s confession, Jim Bob said he was glad Josh came forward because otherwise the parents would not have known.
“Yeah. We really felt like they – that Josh – we were grateful that he came and told us what had happened, which was a big step, because we didn’t catch him doing anything, but he came and told us. But he had crossed some limits and he was right at that age, you know, right at the age of 14, where your hormones start to kick in,” he said.
Arguments are set to begin on Wednesday after the jury is selected after a nine-hour hearing on Tuesday. The judge has yet to decide whether testimony about Josh’s molestation scandal will be allowed at trial.
According to reports, Judge Timothy L. Brooks named 28 potential or substantiated witnesses at Tuesday’s hearing. These included Duggar’s sister Jill Dillard and brother Jedidiah. It is unclear whether the Duggar siblings will be called by the defense or the prosecution, People Report. Jim Bob was not on the list of potential witnesses.
If convicted on all counts, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 in each case.