Josh Duggar is sentenced to 12.5 years for downloading child porn

Father-of-seven Josh Duggar is sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for downloading ‘worst of worstchild porn from his computer at his Arkansas car dealership

  • Josh Duggar, 34, è stato incarcerato per 12 years and seven months on Wednesdaynearly six months after he was found guilty by a federal jury of child porn charges
  • Judge Timothy Brooks handed down the 151-month sentence at Western District of Arkansas Federal Court in Fayetteville at the end of a day-long hearing
  • The disgraced reality TV star has been in custody since December, when a jury convicted him of two counts of downloading and possessing child porn
  • Judge Brooks sentenced Duggar solely on the receipt charge, agreeing with both parties to vacate the possession charge as it was the lesser of the two
  • Defense attorneys had asked for a five-year stretch, the lightest possible punishment
  • Prosecutors demanded a 20-year termthe maximum possiblearguing that it was hard to think of anything more sadistic that a grown man raping a little girl
  • Last week his mother, Michelle, e sua moglie, Anna, both wrote letters to the judge describing Josh’s ‘characterand pleading for a light sentence
  • Josh Duggar (pictured in his December booking photo) è stato condannato a 12 years and seven months behind bars Wednesday

    Josh Duggar (pictured in his December booking photo) è stato condannato a 12 years and seven months behind bars Wednesday

    [object Window] reality tv stella Josh Duggar è stato incarcerato per 12 years and seven months for downloading a vile trove of ‘the worst of the worstchild porn.

    US District Judge Timothy Brooks handed the 151-month prison sentence at the Western District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse in Fayetteville at the end of a day-long hearing on Wednesday.

    Duggar, 34, has been in custody since December when a federal jury found the 19 Kids and Counting alum guilty of possession and receipt of child pornography.

    Members of the Duggar family, including father Jim Bob Duggar, 56, Josh’s wife Anna, 34, and two of his siblings, Joy-Anna, 24, and Jason, 22, were seen supporting the convicted pedophile in court.

    Judge Brooks sentenced Duggar solely on the receipt charge, agreeing with both parties to vacate the possession charge as it was the lesser of the two offenses.

    The decision came one day after Brooks denied a defense motion to overturn the guilty verdict on grounds of insufficient evidence or to order a new trial.

    Defense attorneys had asked for a five-year stretch, the lightest possible punishment, insisting that Duggar, said to be a devoted dad and committed Christian, maintained his innocence and intended to appeal.

    Members of Duggar's family, including wife Anna, 34, were seen arriving in court in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the sentencing hearing

    Members of Duggar’s family, including wife Anna, 34, were seen arriving in court in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the sentencing hearing

    Anna, who wore a navy blue, long sleeved dress and black mask, has stood by her husband throughout the scandal

    Anna, who wore a navy blue, long sleeved dress and black mask, has stood by her husband throughout the scandal

    Duggar patriarch Jim Bob Duggar arrives at court

    Siblings Joy-Anna and Jason Duggar were also present Wednesday

    Duggar patriarch Jim Bob Duggar (sinistra) and siblings Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth, 24, and Jason Duggar, 22, were also present in court Wednesday

    Media and on lookers line up for entry to John Paul Hammerschmidt courthouse in Fayetteville, ahead of the decision

    Media and on lookers line up for entry to John Paul Hammerschmidt courthouse in Fayetteville, ahead of the decision








    They argued that, of the hundreds of child porn images identified by investigators, only a small portion had been viewed and none of those fell into the category of ‘sadistic or masochistic’.

    Prosecutors demanded a 20-year term – the maximum possible – arguing that it was hard to think of anything more sadistic that a grown man raping a little girl.

    US Attorney David Clay Fowlkes said he was pleased with the sentence.

    ‘While this is not the sentence we asked for, this is a lengthy sentence,’ Fowlkes said outside the courthouse.

    To illustrate the lasting devastation done to victims of child porn, government filings presented testimony from the mother of a young girl who had appeared in one of the videos Duggar downloaded.

    ‘My daughter is a real person,’ the mother stated. ‘She was horribly victimized to provide this source of ‘entertainment’. She is exploited anew each and every time an image of her suffering is copied, traded or sold.

    ‘I asked my daughter what she most wanted to ask of the judge. Her request: 'Per favore, don’t let them pretend no-one’s getting hurt!’

    ‘She had some words for the defendant as well: ‘don’t you know, no one should do that to a little girl! Don’t you know it hurts!’

    A trial in Fayetteville, Arkansas heard how the dad-of-seven used the desktop computer at his car dealership to trawl the dark web for sick films including ‘pedo momand ‘play tot sweetie’.








    The disgraced reality TV star, 34, was found guilty on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in December after investigators traced a trove of the disturbing material on his work computer in an evidence photo

    The disgraced reality TV star, 34, was found guilty on two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography in December after investigators traced a trove of the disturbing material on his work computer in an evidence photo

    DailyMail.com obtained evidence photos of Duggar's office at his used car dealership business where he secretly downloaded a sick trove of child porn

    DailyMail.com obtained evidence photos of Duggar’s office at his used car dealership business where he secretly downloaded a sick trove of child porn

    This is the HP computer where Duggar secretly scoured the dark web for illegal footage of child sex abuse. Ricevo una telefonata in cui parla in modo criptico di questioni importanti che non sono state discusse dai media e che favoriscono il suo avversario, the desktop looks like a typical computer featuring a wholesome family wallpaper of father-of-seven Duggar, his wife Anna and their kids

    This is the HP computer where Duggar secretly scoured the dark web for illegal footage of child sex abuse. Ricevo una telefonata in cui parla in modo criptico di questioni importanti che non sono state discusse dai media e che favoriscono il suo avversario, the desktop looks like a typical computer featuring a wholesome family wallpaper of father-of-seven Duggar, his wife Anna and their kids

    Investigators traced child porn images to the IP address to Duggar's now-defunct used car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas, and seized his office HP desktop and iPhone in April last year

    Investigators traced child porn images to the IP address to Duggar’s now-defunct used car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas, and seized his office HP desktop and iPhone in April last year

    The tech-savvy pervert downloaded a further 600 images depicting children as young as seven being raped and violently abused, la corte ha sentito.

    One horrifying sequence depicted a little girl being bound, whipped with a cat onine tails and locked in a cage.

    The cache was so disturbing that a seasoned FBI child exploitation investigator said it was ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.

    Duggar’s mom Michelle and wife Anna both wrote letters to Judge Brooks pleading for leniency, the latter comparing her husband to Ronald Reagan in an effort to stress his work ethic and decency.

    ‘Joshua has a compassionate heart and he is willing to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of others,’ Anna ha scritto.

    ‘Joshua embodies the quote from Ronald Reagan: ‘There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit’.

    Responding, prosecutors said that Duggar’s supportive family and ‘privileged lifestylemerely made his crimes ‘all the more baffling’.

    They argued that a ‘pattern of activity enhancementshould be applied to his sentence, citing evidence from Bobby Holt, a family friend who testified about the molestation scandal that engulfed the Duggars in 2015 and led to their TLC show being canceled.

    Evidence photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show the trash-strewn office where Josh Duggar secretly scoured for child porn at his now-defunct used car dealership, Wholesale Motors in Springdale, Arkansas

    Evidence photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show the trash-strewn office where Josh Duggar secretly scoured for child porn at his now-defunct used car dealership, Wholesale Motors in Springdale, Arkansas

    Duggar's Apple laptop that was also seized by investigators during the raid. There was no evidence of child porn on the Macbook but it did contain backed up data from Duggar's old iPhone 8 that allowed investigators to access his old texts and pictures

    Duggar’s Apple laptop that was also seized by investigators during the raid. There was no evidence of child porn on the Macbook but it did contain backed up data from Duggar’s old iPhone 8 that allowed investigators to access his old texts and pictures

    Duggar's trial heard he was using a peer2peer program called uTorrent (green logo) which lets users share encrypted files behind the secrecy of the dark web\

    Speaking from the witness stand at the trial, Holt choked back tears as she revealed how Duggar had confessed at age 15 to groping and penetrating his younger sisters during ‘bible timeand while they slept.

    The defense fought to exclude her testimony but the judge ultimately agreed that it provided important clues about his sinister appetite for minors.

    ‘Despite achieving some level of fame through reality television as an adult, he is better known at this point for his behavior outside his family’s show, including his sexual improprieties and criminal sexual conduct,’ prosecutors wrote of Duggar.

    ‘More importantly, none of these letters meaningfully grapple with his crimes or his sexual proclivities toward prepubescent girls.

    Duggar’s astonishing downfall began on May 14, 2019 when his computer made the first of two ‘digital handshakeswith Detective Amber Kalmer of the Little Rock Police Department.

    Kalmer was using a specialist police program called Torrential Downpour which targets pedophiles by catching them in the act of sharing child pornography files online.

    She tipped off Feds who traced the IP address to Wholesale Motorcars and seized Duggar’s office HP desktop, iPhone and MacBook.

    After volunteering to speak with agents – but without knowing anything about the nature of the probe – Duggar asked them: ‘Has someone been downloading child pornography?’

    Josh, nella foto con sua moglie, is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 bambini

    He married wife Anna, who was seen supporting her husband every day throughout his trial in December, nel 2008

    Josh is the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 bambini. He married wife Anna, who was seen supporting her husband every day throughout his trial in December, nel 2008

    Wife Anna Duggar wrote a letter to the court pleading with the judge for a light sentence, citing Josh's 'tender heart' and arguing that he is 'considerate, rispettoso, quick to forgive, [e] patient.'

    Wife Anna Duggar last week wrote a letter to the court pleading with the judge for a light sentence, citing Josh’s ‘tender heartand arguing that he is ‘considerate, rispettoso, quick to forgive, [e] patient.

    Jurors during the trial heard testimony that Josh and Anna, pictured with six of their seven young children, subscribed to a service in 2013 called Covenant Eyes that monitors adult internet use and would report 'objectionable material' to Anna

    Jurors during the trial heard testimony that Josh and Anna, pictured with six of their seven young children, subscribed to a service in 2013 called Covenant Eyes that monitors adult internet use and would report ‘objectionable materialto Anna

    When forensic scientists studied the HP they found someone had installed complicated software called a Linux partition which creates a second, independent operating system within the same device.

    The partition could only be accessed by rebooting, hitting F9 and entering the password intel1988the same password used for Duggar’s internet banking and the Duggar family Instagram and Twitter accounts.

    Mom Michelle Duggar, pictured with husband Jim Bob, had also asked for leniency for her son in a letter to Judge Brooks last week

    Mom Michelle Duggar, pictured with husband Jim Bob, had also asked for leniency for her son in a letter to Judge Brooks last week

    It provided the secret online space where he could search for, download, then delete child pornography, all behind the innocent veneer of a standard work computer with a wholesome wallpaper of his family.

    The Linux partition also helped Duggar circumnavigate Covenant Eyes, an ‘accountabilityprogram installed on his computers and phones to warn his wife if he looked at porn or tried to download peer-to-peer software.

    The government retrieved dozens of backed up text messages and images from Duggar’s Apple devices that placed him at the car lot at almost the precise same times that the porn was downloaded and viewed.

    One image appeared to show someone pointing their phone at the HP computer to take a screenshot of a YouTube video about car repairs.

    Metadata revealed it was taken at 4:20pm on May 14, 2019 – less than an hour before Duggar’s computer received a vile trove of child pornography entitled ‘webcam collection’.

    Michelle Duggar, 55, said her son is 'compassionate toward others,' 'a positive and upbeat person,' and 'an organized and diligent individual'

    Michelle Duggar, 55, said her son is ‘compassionate toward others,’ ‘a positive and upbeat person,’ and ‘an organized and diligent individual

    The Duggar family's life was documented on TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 per 2015

    The Duggar family’s life was documented on TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 per 2015

    A closer look at the faint reflection on the screen revealed it to be Duggar wearing a distinctive Wholesale Motorcars baseball cap. He was wearing the same hat later that day in a selfie he took with his wife.

    Prior to today’s sentencing Judge Brooks threw out several defense motions arguing the trial was unfair as Duggar remained locked up at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting his fate.

    Duggar’s lawyers contended that a former employee or hacker could have exploited Duggar’s lax internet security to hijack his computer and remotely download and view the child porn without anyone knowing.

    Prosecutors branded their arguments a ‘fantasyand jurors unanimously agreed after deliberating for six hours.

    THE SELFIES AND SNAPS THAT SNARED THE TV PERVERT: HOW ONE PHOTO PLACED DUGGAR AT THE SCENE WHEN A TROVE OF CHILD PORN WAS DOWNLOADED ON HIS COMPUTER

    Investigators had ample evidence that Josh Duggar’s HP desktop was used to download child porn – but could they prove he was the pervert who sat watching it?

    The answer was yes, thanks to a fortuitous cell phone photo that captured Duggar’s reflection as he stared at the computer’s screen, DailyMail.com può rivelare in esclusiva.

    Forensic investigators came across the critical image as they scoured backed up data from the disgraced TV star’s old iPhone 8.

    Metadata revealed it was taken at 4:20pm on May 14, 2019 – less than an hour before Duggar’s computer received a trove of child pornography entitled ‘webcam collection’.

    Agents found a photo taken on May 14 that appeared to show someone pointing their phone at the HP computer to take a screenshot of a YouTube video about car repairs. A faint reflection on the screen revealed it to be Duggar wearing a distinctive Wholesale Motorcars baseball cap

    Agents found a photo taken on May 14 that appeared to show someone pointing their phone at the HP computer to take a screenshot of a YouTube video about car repairs. A faint reflection on the screen revealed it to be Duggar wearing a distinctive Wholesale Motorcars baseball cap

    Duggar was pictured wearing the same hat later that day in a selfie with his wife

    Duggar was pictured wearing the same hat later that day in a selfie with his wife

    At first glance the photo appeared to show nothing more than the phone being pointed towards the HP desktop as it played a YouTube tutorial about camshaft repairs.

    However eagle-eyed investigators soon spotted a faint reflection in the monitor of what appeared to be a person wearing a Wholesale Motorcars baseball cap.

    They compared that to a selfie taken at 8:35pm that same evening as Duggar shopped at a hardware store with his wife Anna; he was wearing the exact same hat.

    Investigators found another important photo that the selfie-obsessed pervert had taken on the forecourt of his car dealership.

    Another selfie taken on June 22 showed Duggar on the lot that day at 4:47pm, a time corroborated by a large LED clock in the window of Duggar's scruffy office that was a few minutes fast

    Another selfie taken on June 22 showed Duggar on the lot that day at 4:47pm, a time corroborated by a large LED clock in the window of Duggar’s scruffy office that was a few minutes fast

    Investigators also found a sales receipt for a 2004 Toyota 4Runner on that same day with the sales agent listed as 'Josh'

    Investigators also found a sales receipt for a 2004 Toyota 4Runner on that same day with the sales agent listed as ‘Josh

    The metadata said it was taken at 4:47pm on June 22, a time corroborated by a large LED clock in the window of Duggar’s scruffy office that was a few minutes fast.

    When forensic experts searched behind the Linux partition installed on Duggar’s desktop they found it had been used for legitimate work purposes on one only occasion: to draw up a sales receipt for a 2004 Toyota 4Runner.

    The paperwork was dated June 22 and the sales agent was listed as ‘Josh’.

    Prosecutors at Duggar’s Federal child porn trial said the fact that the invoice was found behind the Linux partition proved whoever wrote it up had access to the computer’s secret ‘child porn’ lato.

    The selfie further confirmed that Duggar was there that day and was likely the person who sold the car and wrote up the receipt, they told jurors.

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