Josh Duggar sentenced to prison

May 26, 2022

This isn’t the sentence we asked for, but it is a sentence we’re proud of.

Attorney David Clay Fowlkes, referring to Josh Duggar’s prison sentence of about 12.5 years. He was convicted of receiving child pornography.
  • Josh Duggar, formerly on the reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting,” was arrested in 2021 when a detective found child pornography files could be traced to his computer. The family’s TV show was initially cancelled in 2015 after allegations surfaced that, years earlier, he had molested several of his sisters as well as a babysitter.
  • Duggar, who was sued by the federal government, received a jail sentence for about 12.5 years and was fined $10,000. Before Wednesday’s decision, he “faced up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000” per count (USA Today).
  • The court filing stated that “this past conduct, when viewed alongside the conduct for which he has been convicted, makes clear that Duggar has a deep-seated, pervasive, and violent sexual interest in children, and a willingness to act on that interest.”
  • Duggar’s attorneys plan to file for an appeal on the basis that he is innocent. They wrote, “Duggar accepts that he is before this Court for sentencing and that this Court must impose a penalty. That is justice. But Duggar also appeals to this Court’s discretion to temper that justice with mercy.”

Why It Matters: Looking at data from 2020 provided by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, “child pornography offenses have decreased” by about 36% since 2016. The report also notes that in 2020, “the average sentence for offenders convicted of receiving child pornography was 95 months.” Duggar was sentenced to 151 months.

Reality TV’s Josh Duggar gets 12 years in child porn case (Associated Press)

Josh Duggar sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in child pornography case (USA Today)

by Jenna Lee,