Fayetteville, Ark. Child pornography was behind a split in the computer used at work by Josh Duggar, which allowed the user to circumvent Internet usage tracking applications, and metadata indicating that the images were downloaded While the former reality TV star was working, computer forensics experts testified.

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Duggar, 33, is charged with obtaining and possessing child pornography and faces up to 20 years in prison in each case if convicted. His federal trial began this week in northwest Arkansas.

Duggar’s defense attorneys have argued that someone else downloaded or placed child pornography on a work computer, noting that no child pornography was found on Duggar’s phone or laptop.

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But federal prosecutors have detailed logs show, minute by minute, activity on Duggar’s computer that alternates between sending personal messages, downloading child porn, and saving photos of notes.

On Thursday, Justice Department computer expert James Fottrell testified that a Linux open-source operating system and a browser capable of encryption were installed behind a partition on a used car dealership’s desktop computer.

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The partition essentially split the computer’s hard drive into a public-facing side that was business-related and contained tracking programs, and a secret other side that used Linux and a browser, experts said. he said.

This allowed anyone using a computer to report Duggar’s wife about inappropriate Internet activity, such as a search for pornography, to evade the accountability program established.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Fotrell testified that sexually explicit photos and videos of children were found on the Linux side of the computer.

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

The Democrat-Gazette reported that Homeland Security’s 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. 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.

Duggar was accused in April of appearing on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” show. Prosecutors say child pornography was downloaded to a computer in May 2019.

TLC pulled the reality TV show in 2015 over the revelation that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said that he confessed to being in love and apologized. US District Judge Timothy Brooks ruled earlier this week that jurors in a child pornography trial could hear details of that abuse.

In 2015, Duggar publicly apologized for his pornography addiction and cheating on his wife, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever.”

Duggar’s trial begins as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, runs in a special election for a vacant state Senate seat in northwest Arkansas. Jim Bob Duggar was also featured prominently on the TLC show and previously served at the Arkansas House. The primary election for the open seat is on December 14.