Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was indicted Thursday for uploading and possessing child sexual abuse images on his work computer.
A federal jury, Fayetteville, Arkansas: Duggar, 33, found guilty of one count of possession of child pornography.
He could face up to 20 years in prison.
And fines of up to $250,000, when convicted.
The Attorney General of Western Arkansas faces a lot of such cases, so he says: More than 7% of the cases in his office are about the same problem, which unfortunately includes images of sexual abuse of children.
Foulkes said: This percentage reminds us of the necessity of giving the utmost importance and priority to these issues.
It also clarifies that this trial and the decisions taken in it are evidence that no one is above the law, no matter how famous he is and no matter how long his wealth is.
The US Attorney’s Office said: This crime committed by Josh Duggar was identified through:
* His activity was found by a secret investigation related to the file-sharing program.
The investigators then geolocated the computer that Duggar was using in the Duggar yard.
Then they matched the times the porn downloads came out, and the times Duggar was on the site.
* Consequently, there are records of Duggar’s incriminating Internet use, which Duggar’s lawyers reject, downloading child pornography, sending personal messages and saving pictures.
Duggar’s lawyers said that someone else had downloaded the photos and that Duggar’s personal devices had not previously loaded such illicit files.
In the second week of his Duggar trial, a family friend, Popeye Holt, testified that Duggar had admitted molesting underage girls through a conversation he had in 2003.
Holt told the court about Duggar’s confession of touching girls.
Duggar’s defense has petitioned for the testimony to be removed.
US District Judge Timothy Brooks rejected this petition and ruled to allow evidence of previous harassment allegations against Duggar to be presented at trial.
This evidence indicates defendant Duggar’s sexual interests in minor children.