Josh Duggar arrested, charged with receiving, possessing child porn; placed on a federal hold

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This Washington County Detention Center photo, shows Josh Duggar after he was taken into custody on April 29, 2021.

UPDATE: Joshua Duggar, 33, has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.

Duggar, star of the former reality show, “19 Kids and Counting,” entered a “not guilty” plea by his attorneys Friday.

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 in prison 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 is accused of possessing the material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.


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

It’s not yet clear why Duggar is in custody.

U.S. Marshals made the arrest on Thursday.

The arrest report only states, “hold for other department,” and no bond is listed.

Duggar will go before a judge at 11 a.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge’s Courtroom Deputy for the U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas.

Last year, Duggar lost a real estate lawsuit over a fraudulent deal.

On November 20, 2019, federal agents went to Wholesale Motorcars in, Springdale, Arkansas. As of 2019, the location had Josh Duggar listed as the contact for the business, but he was not listed as the property owner, according to the Washington County Collector’s Office.

Homeland Security Investigations spokesperson Bryan Cox confirmed at the time that there was an ongoing investigation at the location but wouldn’t go into specific details.

From the 2019 interview with Cox, he confirmed there is an “ongoing federal criminal investigation, however, given that there are no charges filed, HSI doesn’t discuss the nature of any type of investigation until, if or when, charges are filed. I can’t discuss the reason for our being there.”

Nexstar’s KNWA/FOX24 asked HSI if Josh Duggar is part of the investigation.

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Josh Duggar

Cox said he couldn’t “speak to any individual that may be under investigation,” but confirmed that officials were at the address and spoke with individuals at the location.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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