Josh Duggar Files Appeal After 12-Year Sentencing in Child Porn Case


Josh Duggar in 2015.
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Josh DuggarAfter being sentenced to over 12 years in prison for child pornography, he has appealed to an Arkansas court Us WeeklyYou can confirm.

“Duggar respectfully provides notice of his intent to evaluate and pursue any and all meritorious arguments in his appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit,” the court document reads, which was submitted on Friday, June 3 — two weeks after the 34-year-old’s judgement of conviction was entered into record.

Duggar, currently in Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville Arkansas, was convicted in December 2021 of two counts of possessing and receiving child pornography.

The sentence was handed down to the father of seven on May 25, and he will spend 151 months in prison. That’s roughly 12.5 years. After his sentence, he will be eligible for 20 years of supervised freedom.

According to Friday’s appeal, the former TLC star is inquiring about one count of receiving child pornography. “Count Two [of possessing child pornography] was dismissed by the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas on May 25, 2022,” the filing reads.

“This Notice is being filed by Duggar’s trial counsel, Justin K. Gelfand, Ian. T. Murphy, and Travis W. Story … on Duggar’s behalf and pursuant to Duggar’s request,” Duggar’s attorneys stated adding they “intend to represent Duggar on appeal.”

The former TV personality’s legal team previously announced their plans to appeal the sentencing last month. “We’ll immediately file the notice of appeal within the next 14 days, as required by law,” one of Duggar’s lawyers told reporters outside of the Arkansas courthouse following the sentencing hearing.

This was earlier in the month Use confirmed that Duggar will not be allowed any “unsupervised contact with minors” when he does get out of prison including any of his children who will be under the age of 18 upon his release. The Arkansas native has Mackynzie, 12, Michael 10, Marcus, 8, Meredith 6, Mason, 4, and Maryella 2, and Madyson 7 months with his wife. Anna DuggarHe was supported by him throughout his case.

“If there is a concern about the potential for inadvertent contact with a minor at a particular place, function, or event, then the Defendant shall get approval from the U.S. Probation Office before attending any such place, function or event,” court documents outlining Josh’s conditions of supervised release explained.

Once Josh is out of prison, he will not “possess, use, or have access to a computer or any other electronic device that has Internet or photograph storage capabilities without prior advance notice and approval of the U.S. Probation Office,” per the June docs. Random searches will be made on any approved devices.

Further conditions of his eventual release include entering a sexual offender treatment program, submitted to “periodic polygraph testing” and not being allowed to possess or injest marijuana.

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