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 1/2-year prison sentence extended by nearly two months while he is in solitary confinement for possessing an illegal cell phone.
Duggar, 34, was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective found images of child abuse that had been shared by a computer traced to the ’19 Kids and Counting’ personality.
Investigators claim the footage was downloaded in 2019 to a computer at a Duggar-owned car dealership, prompting federal agents to search Wholesale Motorcars in November 2019.
Duggar pleaded not guilty to one count of receiving and one count of possession of child pornography, and a jury found him guilty of the charges at his trial in December 2021. He was initially scheduled to be released on August 12, 2032.
Twice in the past week, however, that sentence has been extended, first by 10 days to Aug. 22, 2032, and then by more than another six weeks to Oct. 2, 2023, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
A Duggar attorney asked a federal appeals court panel on Thursday, February 16.
In February it was reported to be languishing in solitary confinement at FCI Seagoville near Dallas after it was discovered that he had smuggled a cell phone in prison
It is unclear if the cell phone has led to his punishment being extended. DailyMail.com has contacted FCI Seagoville for comment.
Duggar’s lawyers have argued that fight the charges since he was arrested in 2021.
However, they were unable to dismiss the case in October 2021.
try suppress video evidence against him were also denied by a judge.
Duggar’s lawyers said the prosecution’s attempt to surface allegations of sexual assault against the character as a teenager could prejudice the jury, but witnesses were allowed to testify.
TLC had previously canceled ’19 Kids and Counting’ in 2015 following the allegations that Duggar had sexually abused four of his sisters and an underage babysitter between 2002 and 2003, when I 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 their children.
FCI Seagoville, the prison where Josh Duggar was sent to serve his 12.5-year sentence
Duggar’s lawyers have maintained they would fight the charges since he was arrested in 2021.
Duggar, seen here looking scruffy and unkempt in a prison photo
Duggar’s parents said after the allegations resurfaced in 2015 that he had confessed to the fondling and apologized privately.
Duggar then publicly apologized 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, also publicly He apologized for cheating on his wife and his addiction to pornographyso he then sought treatment.
The family has been criticized for their views on modesty and purity amid scandals, including their opposition to the use of birth control.
Duggar’s wife and family visit him regularly while he is serving his sentence, the sources said.
Duggar with his wife and children. He was sentenced to 151 months in prison for possession of child pornography.
Josh Duggar (back right) with his many siblings on 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 relative of another inmate at FCI Seagoville said he has seen the Duggars at the prison numerous times.
We have seen Anna on visits quite regularly. I’ve talked to Anna a couple of times. Normally, the only thing I have seen is Anna and then her children, ”they said. I don’t really know anyone else.
The source said the prison provided ‘board games and blocks’ in the visiting area to keep children occupied, but otherwise it could be very difficult for families to visit.
She said the prison doesn’t allow visitors to wear clothing that could be seen as provocative, and its rules sometimes change from visit to visit.
‘It’s kind of a dice game about whatever they’re going to say is out of politics today. A guard told me that he had too many pins in his hair to get in or that 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 is always a delay. A couple of weeks ago, they said there was no power. He’s in and out all the time, so they use it as an excuse to make us wait a couple of hours before we can get in.
Josh Duggar holds hands with his wife Anna as he leaves court during his child pornography trial
Josh and Anna Duggar hold hands as he stands trial for possession of child pornography
The source said it can be difficult to just walk in, and that visitors are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visits are supposed to start at 8:15 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m. I arrive around 7:00 a.m. just to be early in line,” the source said. “And they start processing us anytime between 8:15 am and 9:30 am Just when they feel like it.
The source added that visits usually end up to an hour earlier than they’re supposed to, and that while they’re there they sit on “plastic chairs” in a “really cold” room while talking to their incarcerated loved ones.
“Sometimes there is food in the vending machines, but he often goes weeks with nothing. It is very uncomfortable.
‘Members can have a kiss and a hug at the beginning and at the end of the visit. Until a couple of weeks ago, they allowed inmates and visitors to hold hands. It was really lovely.
“But they rotated another guard on the shift and now they don’t allow it anymore.”
Josh Duggar appeared on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting
The Duggar family on their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting
Sources close to the prison have previously claimed that FCI Seagoville often serves inmates badly expired food, goes weeks without heat or hot water, even in the dead of winter, and has a faulty power system that relies on equally unreliable generators.
A source also told the US Sun that “there really isn’t much security because they are dramatically understaffed.”
“The prison has pretty strong politics, which means there are gangs in it. Fortunately, it is not as violent as a medium security installation. It’s actually not a very violent facility.
“But it’s just a dangerous situation, given the level of neglect and I know my family member has been concerned about him, I guess I’d say he’s always concerned about his well-being, even if he feels physically safe.”
FCI Seagoville in Dallas, Texas. According to reports, the prison often has no electricity or heating.
Josh Duggar in a 2021 mugshot. He was found guilty of possession of child pornography
Duggar made headlines in 2015 when police reports became public that he had sexually abused four of his younger sisters when he was 12 years old. His parents said that he had confessed to the fondling and apologized.
During his child pornography trial, he learned that Duggar scoured the dark web for sick videos of little girls being tortured, humiliated and abused.
Graphic titles like ‘pedo mom’, ‘play tot sweetie’, ‘Daisy’s destroy’ and ‘ultra hard pedo pedophilia’, left little to the imagination. One video ended with a girl caged in a kennel. Another series of images showed a minor being raped by an adult male.
The videos were downloaded between May 14 and 16, 2019.
The warped cache was so disturbing that an experienced FBI child exploitation investigator said it was “in the top five of the worst I’ve ever had to examine.”
At the time of trial, defense attorneys argued that a former employee or hacker could have exploited Duggar’s lax Internet security to hijack his computer and download the material remotely without anyone knowing.