Former reality TV star Josh Duggar charged with receiving and possessing child porn, pleads not guilty

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This photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. Former reality TV Star Josh Duggar is being held in a northwest Arkansas jail after being arrested, Thursday, April 29, 2021 by federal authorities, but it’s unclear what charges he may face. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP)

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA/AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar, from the television show “19 Kids and Counting,” is behind bars in Arkansas and has been placed on a federal hold.

U.S. Marshals arrested the 33-year-old on Thursday. He was formally charged with receiving and possessing child pornography on Friday and pleaded not guilty.

Duggar had a first appearance before U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas Judge Erin Wiedemann via Zoom on Friday morning. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.

According to court documents, Duggar allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed the material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.

Duggar will remain in custody until a May 5 detention hearing. Judge Wiedermann requested Duggar have a third-party custodian should he be released on bond and said the residence where he would stay must be devoid of minor children.

Duggar was on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” until 2015 when the show was pulled from the network over revelations Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter.

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