Josh Duggar won’t be allowed to return home if he’s released on bail ahead of his child porn trial


Josh Duggar will be barred from living with his wife and kids at the family home in Arkansas if he is released on bail while awaiting trial on child pornography charges, a judge has ruled.

The former 19 Kids and Counting star, 33, is facing charges of receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children. 

After entering his not guilty plea at a court in Arkansas on Friday, US Chief Magistrate Judge Erin L. Wiedemann told Duggar that if he is released on bond, he would not be permitted to reside in a house with children, according to a release from the US Attorney’s Office.

This would prohibit Duggar from returning to the home he lives in with wife Anna, and their six children, the eldest of which is just 11 years old. 

Judge Wiedemann advised Duggar he would have to work out an alternative residence where he could stay while awaiting trial.

‘Given the nature of the charges against him, the court would likely require a third-party custodian that he could reside with and that would ensure compliance with conditions of bond,’ Judge Wiedemann said.

Josh and Anna Duggar, and their six children. Anna is pregnant with their 7th child while Josh is trying to make bail

Josh and Anna Duggar, and their six children. Anna is pregnant with their 7th child while Josh is trying to make bail 

Josh Duggar pleaded not guilty to the federal child porn charges on Friday during a virtual court hearing

'We’re very sad about the whole thing, it’s horrible. It’s all very sad,' Jill (pictured with her husband) said

‘We’re very sad about the whole thing, it’s horrible. It’s all very sad,’ Jill Duggar (right with her husband) said. Josh Duggar (left) pleaded not guilty to federal child porn charges on Friday during a virtual court hearing

Wiedemann said a probation officer would interview Duggar to determine his suitability for bail.

Duggar is accused of allegedly using ‘the internet to download child sexual abuse material’. 

Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019, according to the US Attorney’s office. 

It’s not clear if any of Duggar’s family would offer him accommodation while he awaits trial. 

Several members of the family have spoken out since news of his arrest broke last week.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said they still loved Josh and were praying for him after his arrest

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said they still loved Josh and were praying for him after his arrest

Jinger Duggar, center, husband Jeremy Vuolo, left, who went shopping in Hollywood on Saturday, released a joint statement to say they were 'disturbed' to hear about the charges

Jinger Duggar, center, husband Jeremy Vuolo, left, who went shopping in Hollywood on Saturday, released a joint statement to say they were ‘disturbed’ to hear about the charges

Duggar’s sister Jill told The Sun: ‘We’re very sad about the whole thing, it’s horrible. It’s all very sad. Josh’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child, I cannot imagine how she is feeling.’

Jill’s husband Derick tole The Sun that ‘obviously if there is anything there related to child pornography, we hope that justice is done’.

Another of Josh’s sisters, Jinger, and her husband, Jeremy, have also reacted to Duggar’s charges after they were made public Friday.

‘We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh. While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice,’ the couple wrote in a statement shared to Instagram.

Duggar’s parents and fellow 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also issued a statement Friday.

‘We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious,’ they said in the statement obtained by People magazine.

‘It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner.’ 

They added: ‘We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.’ 

A trial date for his case has been set for July 6, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 1. 

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.



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