19 Children and Counting
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar of TLC’s canceled 19 Children and Counting broke their silence Thursday after a federal court docket in Arkansas discovered their eldest son, Josh Duggar, responsible of downloading and possessing child pornography.
“This entire ordeal has been very grievous,” the Duggar dad and mom stated in a joint statement. “Today, God’s grace, through the love and prayers of so many, has sustained us. Our hearts and prayers are with anyone who has ever been harmed through CSAM [Child Sexual Abuse Material].”
“In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support,” they continued. “As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children. In each of life’s circumstances, we place our trust in God. He is our source of strength and refuge. Thank you for your prayers.”
Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar | Credit score: Peter Kramer/NBCU Photograph Financial institution/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Pictures
Josh, 33, faces as much as 20 years in jail and fines of as much as $250,000 for every of two counts when he is sentenced, which can happen in about 4 months, based on the Associated Press.
Justin Gelfand, one in every of Josh’s protection attorneys, had said, “We respect the jury’s verdict and we look forward to continuing this fight on appeal.”
“Regardless of wealth, social status, or fame, our office will continue to seek out all individuals who seek to abuse children and victimize them through the downloading, possession, and sharing of child pornography,” U.S. Lawyer Clay Fowlkes of the western district of Arkansas, which prosecuted the case, stated.
Josh and his household starred on the TLC actuality present 19 Children and Depending earlier than it was canceled in 2015 in gentle of revelations that he molested 4 of his sisters and a babysitter. Following an investigation that started in 2006, authorities concluded the statute of limitations on any potential prices had expired.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh said in a 2015 statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling.”
TLC had developed a spin-off collection referred to as Counting On, however that present was canceled this yr within the wake of Josh’s child pornography trial.
Josh Duggar discovered responsible on child pornography prices, going through potential 20-year jail sentence | Credit score: courtesy Washington county arkansas
Josh’s sister Jill and her husband Derick Dillard additionally launched a press release within the aftermath of his conviction this week.
“Josh’s actions have rippled far beyond the epicenter of the offense itself,” the couple stated, partly, via feedback posted on the family’s website. “Children have scars, but his family is also suffering the fallout of his actions. Our hearts are sensitive to the pains Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children have already endured and will continue to process in the future. This trial has felt more like a funeral than anything else. Josh’s family has a long road ahead. We stand with them, we are praying for them, and we will seek to support them however we can during this dark time.”