Did Josh Duggar attend sibling weddings? Ex reality TV star seen in family picture days before arrest
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS: Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was arrested in Arkansas Thursday, April 29, on federal charges related to the possession of child pornography. He allegedly downloaded material that depicted the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, as per the US Attorney's Office.
Duggar faces two charges - one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted. He entered a not guilty plea at a court in Arkansas on Friday, April 30.
From 2008 to 2015, Duggar and his siblings were part of ‘19 Kids and Counting’, a reality show following the Duggars, a large Arkansas conservative Christian household. He is the oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. He’s 33 years old.
Does Josh Duggar go to his siblings’ weddings?
In 2015, the Washington Post reported that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar confirmed publicly that Hosh had molested multiple young girls - he had “improperly touched some of our daughters.” Two of those daughters, Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, self-identified as their older brother’s victims. Jessa Seewald, however, said that charges that her brother was a pedophile or child molester were “so overboard and a lie.”
But Duggar still made appearances at sibling weddings. Just weeks ago, on April 10, the Duggar Family Instagram posted photos of all the Duggar siblings together at Justin Duggar’s wedding. Josh can be seen in the large sibling group photos. Justin and his wife Claire Spivey got married in late February..
“He said he was just curious about girls and he had gone in and just basically touched them over their clothes while they were sleeping; they didn’t even know he had done it,” Jim Bob Duggar told Megyn Kelly, in the family’s first interview since the allegations in 2015.
Earlier the same year, Josh Duggar apologized for his teenage “wrongdoing” after In Touch Weekly, a celebrity gossip magazine, published a 2006 police report that said he had molested several young girls. Duggar also resigned from his high-profile job with the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council in Washington.
The former reality TV star, as per new reports, will be barred from living with his wife and children at his family home in Arkansas if he is released on bail while awaiting trial. US Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L Wiedemann told Duggar that if he is released on bond, he would not be permitted to reside in a house with children.
"Given the nature of the charges against him, the court would likely require a third-party custodian that he could reside with and that would ensure compliance with conditions of bond so you all would need to get that line out and inform our probation office of who that person is so they could interview that person," Wiedemann said, adding that a probation officer would interview Duggar to determine his suitability for bail.