Washington County Jail: Josh Duggar booked into facility known for violent rapes, torture

Duggar, 33, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday, December 9


                            Washington County Jail: Josh Duggar booked into facility known for violent rapes, torture
Josh Duggar (L) was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday, December 9. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
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The Arkansas prison where Josh Duggar will spend the foreseeable future is notorious for reports of violence and torture.

Duggar, 33, who is facing more than 10 years behind bars for child porn-related charges, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday, December 9. Court documents obtained by The Sun noted how two men from the prison were charged with the alleged rape and torture of a man in a cell at the jail for 16 hours in 2013. 5News reported at the time how the inmate was threatened, raped, forced to perform a sex act, and to drink the urine of suspects J'Donta Britt and Javaughntaiye Jamar Willis.

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"The suspects tortured the victim by slapping, punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing and using edged weapons to cut him," the report stated. "The suspects threatened to cut off his pinky finger if the victim did not obey their commands or if he reported the abuse to authorities," it added. However, the charges against J'Donta Britt were eventually dropped after the victim refused to testify at trial.  

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office makes it clear on its website that it “has a zero tolerance for any type of sexual abuse or sexual harassment" and that “all complaints of abuse or harassment of a detainee will be investigated and the investigation will be reviewed by the PREA Review Board, which will include the Detention Administrator, Detention Captain, Enforcement Captain, and PREA Coordinator.” A report by Arkansas Online noted how the jail has been sued in the past for similar alleged sexual assault. A jury in 1996 ordered Washington County to pay $52,504 to a 15-year-old boy who was tortured and sexually assaulted while being held in the old Washington County Jail’s drunk tank with other inmates.

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Duggar was arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography in April this year. He was found guilty on both counts Thursday and is likely to get 10 years in prison, according to an attorney who spoke to The US Sun. Sentencing details are yet to be revealed, but Judge Timothy L Brooks has said that he plans to sentence the suspect in four months time. "Mr Duggar 100 percent has been compliant awaiting trial," the judge added. "I appreciate that and I wanted to acknowledge that however because of the guilty offenses he must be detained regardless of flight risk so there will be a mandatory detention. The marshalls will set that up." 

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Duggar was ordered straight into custody at the Washington County Detention Center after being found guilty on said charges. "He is looking at spending five years minimally in prison," Attorney Abtin Mehdizadegan told The US Sun in a statement. "There's an exception to that if he you can get relief from some mandatory minimums if you provide substantial assistance to the prosecution, but he certainly did not do that. He took us to a full trial. So I would expect that he'll probably get 10 years," Mehdizadegan added. 

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