FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Jury selection was scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar on federal child pornography charges.
Duggar, who appeared in TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” was charged in April with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.
A federal Homeland Security officer said in May that pornographic images depicting sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were uploaded in May 2019 to a computer at a Duggar-owned car dealership.
Duggar, 33, faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count if convicted.
Duggar has pleaded not guilty in the case and his lawyers have said they plan to defend his case “aggressively and thoroughly.”
TLC released “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 following revelations that Duggar assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the touching and apologized.
Duggar also apologized for his porn addiction and for cheating on his wife.
Duggar’s trial begins as his father, Jim Bob Duggar, runs in a special election for a vacant seat in the Northwestern Arkansas State Senate. Jim Bob Duggar has also featured prominently on the TLC show and previously served at Arkansas House. The primary election for the open seat is December 14.
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