Josh Duggar’s 12.5-year prison sentence extended – National


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Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has been sentenced to nearly two additional months in prison on top of his current 12½-year sentence, prison records show.

Duggar, 35, was convicted of child pornography in 2021.

Duggar’s extended sentence comes after he was caught with a contraband cellphone last month. Consequently, the 19 children and counting ex-castmate would have been placed in solitary confinement.

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Representatives for Duggar have not publicly commented on his extended sentence.

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In December 2021, Duggar was convicted of downloading and possessing child pornography after a police detective from Little Rock, Ark. discovered that child pornography files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. A federal agent testified in 2020 that images depicting sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 to a computer at a Duggar-owned car dealership.

Duggar later apologized for a pornography addiction and for cheating on his wife, calling himself “the biggest hypocrite ever”.

However, he maintained his innocence regarding the convictions for child pornography. His lawyers are still seeking to overturn his sentence.

TLC canceled 19 children and counting, which featured the great Duggar clan, in 2015 following revelations that he had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend.

No charges were ever brought against Duggar in these cases, as the statute of limitations had expired.

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Duggar’s original prison release date was set for August 12, 2032. Following the extension, Duggar is now expected to be released on October 2, 2032. He is serving his sentence in FCI Seagovillee Prison, near Dallas.

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— With files from Michelle Butterfield of Global News

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