Josh Duggar’s 12-year prison sentence for child pornography conviction extended by almost two months
Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has had his 12 and a half-year prison sentence extended by almost two months, as he sits in solitary confinement for having an illegal cell phone.
Duggar, 34, was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found images of child abuse which had been shared by a computer traced to the ’19 Kids and Counting’ personality.
Investigators claim the images were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership owned by Duggar, which prompted federal agents to search Wholesale Motorcars in November 2019.
Duggar pleaded not guilty to one count of receiving and one count of possessing child pornography, and a jury found Duggar guilty of the charges at trial in December 2021. He was initially slated to be released on August 12, 2032.
Twice this past week, however, he has had that sentence extended, first by 10 days to August 22, 2032 and then by more than another six weeks to October 2, 2023, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
An attorney for Duggar asked a federal appeals court panel on Thursday 16 February
In February, he was reported to be languishing in solitary confinement at FCI Seagoville near Dallas after he was found to have smuggled a cell phone into prison.
It’s unclear if the cell phone has led to his punishment being extended. DailyMail.com has reached out to FCI Seagoville for comment.
Duggar’s attorneys have maintained they would fight the charges since he was arrested in 2021.
They were nonetheless unable to get the case dismissed in October 2021.
Attempts to suppress video evidence against him were also denied by a judge.
Duggar’s attorneys said the prosecution’s attempt to bring up sexual assault allegations made against the personality when he was a teenager could prejudice a jury, but witnesses were allowed to testify.
TLC had previously canceled ’19 Kids and Counting’ in 2015 following the allegations that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and an underage babysitter between 2002 and 2003, when he was 14 and 15 years old.
Authorities began investigating the abuse in 2006 after receiving a tip from a family friend but concluded that the statute of limitations on any possible charges had expired.
Former reality TV personality Josh Duggar is pictured with his wife and six of his children
FCI Seagoville, the prison where Josh Duggar was sent to serve his 12.5 year sentence
Duggar’s attorneys have maintained they would fight the charges since he was arrested in 2021
Duggar, seen here looking scruffy and unkempt in a photo from prison
Duggar’s parents said after the allegations resurfaced in 2015 that he had confessed to the fondling and apologized privately.
Duggar then apologized publicly for unspecified behavior and resigned as a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, an evangelical lobbying group that promotes ‘family values’, opposing access to pornography among other things.
Months later, he also publicly apologized for cheating on his wife and a pornography addiction, for which he then sought treatment.
The family has been criticized for their views on modesty and purity amid the scandals, including their opposition to using birth control.
Duggar’s wife and family regularly visit him as he serves his sentence, sources have said.
Duggar with his wife and children. He was sentenced to 151-months in prison for possessing child pornography
Josh Duggar (back right) with his many siblings on the show 19 Kids and Counting
Despite his vile crime, sources told the US Sun Duggar’s wife Anna and their seven children visit FCI Seagoville in Dallas, Texas, where he is incarcerated ‘fairly regularly.’ The prison is reported to be ‘dangerous’ and poorly run.
The family member of another inmate at FCI Seagoville said she’s seen the Duggars at the prison on numerous occasions.
‘We’ve seen Anna at visitation fairly regularly. I’ve spoken to Anna a couple of times. Normally the only thing I’ve seen is Anna and then their kids,’ they said. ‘I don’t really know anybody else.’
The source said the prison provided ‘board games and blocks’ in the visitation area to keep children occupied, but that otherwise it could be very difficult for families to visit.
She said the prison doesn’t allow visitors to wear any clothing that could be viewed as provocative, and that their rules sometimes change visit to visit.
‘It’s kind of a crapshoot on whatever they’re going to say is out of policy today. I’ve had a guard tell me that I had too many bobby pins in my hair to go in or like my mask was the wrong color,’ the source said.
‘They tried to turn me away because I was wearing a dress. I had worn the same dress the week before and they said it was fine, but this time they said it was too sexually provocative.’
The source added that visitors are often left ‘waiting for hours.’
‘There’s always a delay. A couple of weeks back, they said that the electricity was down. It goes in and out all the time so they use it as an excuse to make us wait for a couple of hours before we could get in.
Josh Duggar holds hands with his wife Anna while leaving court during his child pornography trial
Josh and Anna Duggar hold hands while he was on trial for possessing child pornography
The source said it can be difficult just to get inside, and that visitors are admitted on a first-come first-served basis.
‘Visitation is supposed to start at 8:15am and run until 3:30pm. I get there around 7:00am just to be early in the line,’ the source said. ‘And they start processing us anytime between 8:15am to 9:30am. Just kind of whenever they feel like it.’
The source added that visitation usually ends up to an hour earlier than it is supposed to, and that while there sit on ‘plastic chairs’ in a ‘really cold’ room while talking to their imprisoned loved ones.
‘Sometimes there’s food in the vending machines, but often it’ll go for weeks at a time with nothing. It’s very uncomfortable.’
‘Partners are allowed to have a kiss and a hug at the beginning and the end of visitation. Up until a couple of weeks ago they actually allowed inmates and visitors to hold hands. It was really lovely.’
‘But they rotated another guard onto the shift and now they’re not allowing that anymore.’
Josh Duggar appeared on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting
The Duggar family on their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting
Sources close to the prison have previously claimed FCI Seagoville often serves inmates severely expired food, goes weeks without heat or hot water even in the dead of winter, and has a faulty power system that falls back on equally unreliable generators.
A source also told the US Sun ‘there’s not really much security around because they’re dramatically understaffed.’
‘The prison has pretty heavy politics, which means there are gangs in it. Fortunately, it is nowhere near as violent as a medium-security facility. It’s not actually a very violent facility.’
‘But it is just a dangerous situation, given the level of neglect and so I know that my family member has felt concerned for his, I guess I would say he’s always concerned for his well-being, even if he feels physically safe.’
FCI Seagoville in Dallas, Texas. The prison reportedly is frequently without power and heat
Josh Duggar in a 2021 mug shot. He was found guilty of possessing child pornography
Duggar made headlines in 2015 when police reports stating that he had molested four of his young sisters when he was 12 became public. His parents said he had confessed to the fondling and apologized.
During his child pornography trial learned Duggar scoured the dark web for sick videos of little girls being tortured, humiliated and abused.
Graphic titles such as ‘pedo mom,’ ‘play tot sweetie’, ‘Daisy’s destruction’ and ‘ultra hard pedo pedofilia’, left little to the imagination. One video ended with a girl being caged in a dog kennel. Another series of images depicted a minor being raped by a male adult.
The videos were downloaded between May 14 and 16, 2019.
The warped cache was so disturbing that a seasoned FBI child exploitation investigator said it was ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’
At the time of the trial, defense lawyers contended that a former employee or hacker could have exploited Duggar’s lax internet security to hijack his computer and remotely download the material without anyone knowing.
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