If you’re even familiar with reality TV, chances are you’ve heard of Josh Duggar. The star hit the airwaves with her family in 2008 and has been in and out of the news ever since.
And now he could go to jail. Who is he and what did he do exactly? Let’s go back to its history and find out together.
Who is Josh Duggar?
Joshua James Duggar is an American reality TV star, who gained fame and recognition through his family-centric TLC show, 19 children and count. The show followed the lives of Josh’s parents, Baptists Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar as they raised their many children.
Duggar started dating a woman, Anna Renée Keller, in 2007 and married a year later (their marriage aired in the 19 children and count episode “A Very Duggar Marriage”). Both have seven children and recently had another birth, which we’ll discuss in more detail in a later section.
Duggar also entered politics, inspired by his father’s short tenure in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He was Managing Director of FRC Action for two years. FRC Action is a branch of the Family Research Council (FRC), an American lobby group known for its stance on “family values,” which includes funding anti-homosexuality campaigns, taking pro-life positions and opposing to divorce.
Duggar’s involvement with the FRC, which is classified as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has penetrated his reputation. While FRC Chairman Tony Perkins said they hoped to attract more people because of Duggar’s reputation for 19 children and count, GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) classified him as an “anti-gay activist”.
This is where Duggar was. Where is Josh Duggar now? Let’s dig into his criminal activities, okay?
Duggar’s illegal offenses
In 2015, In Touch Weekly published a shocking report: In 2006, Jim Bob Duggar told Arkansas Police Department that Josh assaulted five underage girls, including members of his own family, when Josh was a teenager. Instead of contacting authorities right away, Jim Bob Duggar told church elders and sent Josh to a “Christian program” that was little more than a gardening job for a few months.
Josh Duggar responded with a post on his Instagram. He said: “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regretful”, and explained how he confessed to his parents, who acted to help him (with the “stern speech” and yard work we described above. Not enough, sorry!)
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also released a statement, again describing Josh as a “young teenager” and saying “he made some really bad mistakes”, wrapping the actions of a horrific sex abuser in a message that “[God] can get you through anything ”, instead of discussing what happened or dealing with the victim’s trauma in any way. Inexcusable.
As a result, Duggar resigned his position at FRC Action, and TLC withdrew 19 children and count of the antenna before canceling it a few months later. They tried a spinoff show called Counting on later in 2015, but that was canceled that year when Duggar was arrested for child pornography.
Wait what? Where is Josh Duggar now, exactly? Let’s talk about those child pornography charges, okay?
The most recent developments
Duggar had other allegations—2015 was a year for him. It was discovered that he had an account on Ashely Madison, a website for couples to have business. Additionally, pornstar Danica Dillon took legal action against Duggar, claiming he physically assaulted her. As a result of the premiere, Duggar entered a treatment center, and the final chase was dropped by Dillion.
However, things really came to a head in 2021. At the end of April, Duggar was arrested for child pornography and prosecutors say he knowingly obtained illegal images in 2019. He was taken to Washington County Jail and was sentenced to death. pleaded not guilty. He was released on bail, but the judge said he couldn’t be surrounded by children without his wife, and noted that his porn had children who “are very close to your children’s ages.”
In July, Josh and Anna Duggar posted a “Family Statement on ‘Rely On’” on their website. In it, they discuss their relationship with Jesus Christ and recall being filmed over the years, all without directly addressing the trial or the charges.
A plea deal was offered to Duggar, but he missed the deadline to receive it. The trial itself was scheduled for the summer but was postponed until the end of November. Duggar’s lawyers tried to get the case classified in what the judge called “frivolous” actions, which did not work.
Where is Josh Duggar now? Well, he currently faces up to twenty years in prison and fines of a quarter of a million dollars. We’ll see where he’s going.
Where will Duggar end up?
This brings us to the most recent news. On November 16, 2021, as the trial unfolded, Duggar’s wife Anna gave birth to their seventh child, Madyson Lily. She posted a photo on her Instagram, where she has yet to discuss the charges against her husband. According to a source from People magazine, “She’s by his side. She thinks Josh is innocent.
Meanwhile, Duggar is on thin ice. Homeland Security officer Gerald Faulkner, who helped search the Duggar dealership for evidence, said that of the thousands of child pornography cases he investigated, the 200 images of Duggar on his work computer were “in the top five of the worst worst I’ve ever had to review.” This was from his testimony at the hearing, and he is expected to speak at the trial.
Where is Josh Duggar now? Hopefully he will rot in prison soon.