Josh Dugar sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for child pornography

Updated with penalty: 1:26 PM: Ex 19 children and counting Star Josh Dugar, 34, was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison today, according to the Associated Press. The father of seven faced a maximum of 20 years when prosecutors argued he had a “deep-seated, widespread and violent sexual interest in children.”

Duggar was convicted last December of two counts of receiving and possessing child pornography, after which lawyers for the former reality TV star, who maintained his innocence, sought a five-year sentence.

For the public, a judge dropped a charge before sentencing today. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

His father Jim Bob and Josh’s wife, Anna, his sister Joy-Anna (Dugar) Forsyth and brother Jason Dugar were in court today.

After his release, Dugar will be under compulsory supervision for the next 20 years. She will not be allowed to communicate with any child, including her own, without supervision.

In addition, he must take part in the treatment of sex offenders, cannot view pornography, or possess any electronic devices with photo storage capabilities. He will also be the subject of random searches and polygraph examinations.

Previously on December 9, 2021: Ex 19 children and counting Star Josh Dugar, 33, was convicted today of two counts of taking and possessing child pornography. The jury in Fayetteville, Arkansas took a day to rule.

According to the AP, the father of seven faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000 for each charge, when he is finally convicted. His legal team told NBC News they were planning to appeal.

Dugar was among the family members who attended the TLC 19 children and counting He had sexually assaulted his four sisters and another daughter until the network released the show in 2015.

A spin-off focuses only on the so-called kids To count TLC was canceled after Duggar’s arrest earlier this year.

In a statement following the accusation of Dugar descent, parents Jim Bob and Michelle issued the following statement: “The charges against Joshua today are extremely serious. It is our prayer that the truth, whatever it may be, will be revealed and all this will be resolved in time. We love Josh [his wife] Keep praying for Anna and her family. “

Jim Bob Dugar is currently vying for a vacant state Senate seat in Arkansas.

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