Josh Duggar pleads not guilty to child pornography charges after arrest

By The Christian Post

Josh Duggar in Ames, Iowa, August 9, 2014. | REUTERS/Brian Frank

Josh Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" fame pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of child pornography Friday, one day after he was arrested for allegedly receiving and possessing material showing the sexual abuse of children. 

Duggar, 33, is best-known as the eldest son of ultra-conservative Christian parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. His father served in the Arkansas House from 1999 to 2002.

Following his arrest by FBI agents, a hearing was held virtually over Zoom in the Western District of Arkansas Friday. Represented by his attorney, Travis W. Story, Duggar appeared from jail and "was seen smiling before the hearing kicked off," Fox News reported. 

Duggar is accused of using "the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement Friday. 

Source:The Christian Post