(CP) Former actuality TV star Josh Dugger was sentenced to greater than 12 years in federal jail Wednesday after his request for a retrial or acquittal of two little one pornography convictions was denied.
The 34-year-old father of seven was additionally ordered to pay fines amounting to $50,100.
Pictures of kid pornography had been present in a pc at a cardealership owned by the eldest little one of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The Duggar household was featured on the truth tv exhibits “19 Children & Counting” and “Counting On.” The Duggars are an ultra-conservative Christian household that lives in Arkansas.
Duggar was accused of getting over 200 pictures of kid porn on his units of youngsters “starting from about 18 months of age to 12 years of age.”
He had pleaded not guilty to the fees, and his protection claimed another person was chargeable for the unlawful information on the pc, a declare investigators discovered to be unlikely. In December, he was found guilty by a federal jury of 1 rely of receiving little one pornography and one rely of possessing little one pornography.
The possession of kid pornography cost was dismissed. Assistant U.S. Legal professional Dustin Roberts had previously told the media that “possession of kid pornography is a lesser included offense” and that “by operate of regulation, you may’t be convicted of each.”
On Wednesday, on the Western District of Arkansas Federal Courthouse in Fayetteville, U.S. District Choose Timothy L. Brooks sentenced Dugar to 151 months. Prosecutors had requested a 20-year sentence.
Based on studies, Duggar remained impassive when the sentence was delivered. Though he didn’t touch upon the sentencing, his lead protection lawyer, Justin Gelfand, acknowledged that Duggar maintains his innocence and can be submitting a discover of attraction.
U.S. Legal professional for the Western District of Arkansas David Clay Fowlkes celebrated the sentencing.
“This is not the sentence we requested for, however it’s a sentence we’re pleased with,” Fowlkes shared in a press release cited by People.
After the decision, Duggar’s protection lawyer mentioned in a press release that he and his consumer are “grateful the decide dismissed Depend 2 and rejected the Authorities’s request for a 240-month sentence.”
Fowlkes hopes the trial final result will assist victims of kid pornography know that “their ache is actual.”
“And we are going to do all the things inside our energy to ensure justice is served,” he harassed.
Duggar had beforehand admitted to molesting his sisters when he was youthful. His historical past of abuse resulted within the cancelation of the household’s actuality present.
Duggar’s authorized crew is accusing the federal government of violating a number of guidelines of process and proof, claiming that investigators didn’t totally examine the chance that another person might be chargeable for the information discovered on the pc.
The decide rejected the claims and denied requests for both a brand new trial or acquittal on Tuesday.
After serving his sentence, Duggar can be on parole for 20 years and may’t have unsupervised contact with minors, together with his personal youngsters.
Duggar can be required to attend intercourse offender therapy and is prohibited from watching pornography of any form.
His sister, Jill Dillard, and her husband Derek Dillard mentioned in a press release that the previous few months had been “troublesome emotionally”.
“We’re neither rejoicing nor disenchanted by the sentence, however we’re grateful it is lastly over,” they mentioned.
“The Bible clearly states that God results justice and vengeance via the governing authorities. Although some consider Josh ought to have obtained a larger sentence and nonetheless fewer consider he ought to have obtained a lighter sentence, God has carried out his vengeance as we speak for his unspeakable prison exercise.
“Till now, he has but to be held accountable to the extent essential to trigger change in his harmful sample of conduct.
“It’s unlucky, however it appears that evidently it might take spending over a decade in federal jail, and nonetheless extra on probation, for Josh to have any potential for rehabilitation to the purpose he can safely reside in society once more.
“Hopefully, Josh can really start to get therapy and start to work towards a life-style the place he’s much less prone to reoffend.”
His brother, Jason Duggar, mentioned in a press release on Instagram: “My coronary heart is grieved over the alternatives my brother has made, his actions don’t replicate that of a Christian believer and have doubtlessly defamed my Lord and Saviors identify!! Joshua’s poor choices have enormously effected [sic] these round him, particularly his spouse, seven youngsters and our household as a complete.
“With that mentioned, I’ll by no means cease loving my brother, no matter what he does, simply as my savior has forgiven me so I’ve forgiven my brother of his wrongdoings! My prayer is that God will use this circumstance to actually humble him and convey a couple of true change in his life!”
Duggar’s cousin Amy King told Celebuzz that she thinks the sentencing “is not sufficient.”
“I hope that each single second he is there appears like an eternity,” she added.
King, the daughter of Jim Bob Duggar’s sister, has spoken out publicly about her well-known relations on many events. She additionally posted a video reaction on Instagram Wednesday evening.
“I knew him getting the utmost sentence wasn’t going to be the best to show because it’s his first offense within the decide’s eyes — which I hate — however on the identical time, he can’t have his pc, he can’t damage [and] exploit any extra youngsters and when he sees his children, he needs to be supervised,” she mentioned.
“Josh’s illness stems from someplace, and finally we are going to hear in regards to the trauma. I do not know when, or how, or who however finally I feel extra will come out. However hopefully tonight, I can sleep for the primary time ever and relaxation assured that one other monster can be put behind bars makes my coronary heart really feel slightly lighter.”