Josh Duggar Receives 12 Year Sentence. Forensics Expert Claimed He Had "Most Offensive" Child Pornography He'd Ever Seen

Josh Duggar Mugshot, 2021Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
He was introduced to the world as the eldest son of the Duggar family on TLC's 17 Kids and Counting back in 2008, but Josh Duggar has made several resurgences in the news over the last decade. By the end of their reality TV career, the Duggar family had 19 children-- but in spite of having so many siblings, Josh has consistently been the one in the spotlight.
He first captured individual attention when he was exposed for sexually abusing at least four of his sisters as well as a family friend. He was discussed again when his name made an appearance as part of the Ashley Madison breach, bringing attention to his extramarital relationships. The Duggar family has continually tried to handle Josh's issues privately, but after years of successfully dodging any real repercussions, things have finally come to a head.
Today, Josh Duggar was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for child pornography.
While he knew he would do time, Duggar fought for leniency, which would have looked more like five years.
The defense brought up the fact that many other past child pornography convictions have led to lenient sentencing for those who were allegedly in possession of much worse material.
But was that the right argument in this particular case? One forensics expert working on the case asserted that the images found were some of the "most offensive images ever seen in his career." Among the hundreds of photos, there were files that showed 7-8 year old children being penetrated, as well as images of an infant being sexually violated.
In addition to the work done by the defense team, both Michelle Duggar (Josh's mother), and his wife, Anna wrote letters to the judge offering themselves up as character witnesses. They spoke to what a good person and father he is.
But in the prosecution's back pocket had been Josh's past, which the judge allowed to be brought up within this case. It has been mentioned that many of the victims in the files found on Duggar's computer were of similar ages to his sisters when he allegedly molested them.
A source told InTouch that at least two of Josh's seven children have been told that he "did a bad thing" but given the fact that he still maintains his innocence, it's hard to say what the children might know or believe. And same goes for his large family, who have mostly stayed quiet in regards to this case.

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