Josh Duggar smirks and laughs during court hearing as agents discuss disturbing child porn details

JOSH Duggar could been seen smirking and laughing during his detention court hearing, as an agent and lawyers discuss disturbing child porn details.

Josh, 33, appeared via zoom from Washington County Jail in Arkansas for the detention court hearing on Wednesday.

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 Josh shockingly appeared in good spirits during at the hearing, as he was seen smiling while speaking with the judge and listening to the disturbing details of the case.

Special Agent Gerald Faulkner from Homeland Security was the first to take the stand at the hearing as a witness, as he was questioned by the prosecutor. 

He said: “In May of 2019, [an Arkansas police officer] identified a computer participating in the known sharing of photos and videos of child pornography.”

He claimed Josh had one two-minute video on his computer of two underage females and a male. 

Also found were 65 images of a female “consistent with child pornography.”

The agent said: “October 2019, the IP address was assigned to Joshua Duggar with an address in Springdale, Arkansas."

A HP desktop computer from the car lot, a MacBook laptop in an RV Josh arrived in and Josh’s cell phone were confiscated by authorities.

Though Josh did was not informed of the reason for the investigation, he asked authorities if someone downloaded child pornography on his computer.

Josh admitted he had a TOR browser on his computer, which gives him access to the dark web anonymously. The agent explained how the child pornography could be found on the dark web.

The agent then said how he asked Josh about the images of minors 5 to 10 years old, he responded: "I'd rather not answer that question."

The password of one of the programs used to obtain the images was the last four digits of Mr. Duggar's birth year.

The same password was used for Josh's bank accounts, websites and more.

The agent mentioned how downloads from a specific file were made. The agent said the file “is in the top five worst I have ever had to examine,” as it includes children as young at 18 months old. 

The agent said friends and family confirmed Josh had a porn addiction.

The agent said there is "no evidence" Josh was the person who downloaded TOR.

The agent confirmed Josh and Anna drove themselves to the Sheriff’s Office with agents following them so their children wouldn’t see him get arrested. 

Ahead of the court hearing, Josh filed court papers requesting to be released on bail. 

In the court papers obtained by The Sun, Josh’s attorney’s argued he has “no criminal convictions” and has “known about the federal criminal investigation since November 2019.”

Since then, Josh, his wife Anna and their six children have “continued to reside in the Western District of Arkansas” and he has allegedly “maintained an open dialogue with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with this investigation.”

They also argued Josh “voluntarily self-surrendered” and is “neither a risk of flight nor a danger to the community.”

The court papers read: “Indeed, while child pornography crimes are unquestionably serious, the indictment certainly does not allege that Duggar personally interacted with a single child and the Government would be hard-pressed to identify how conditions of release set by this Court would not protect the community from criminal conduct.”

The request also notes his time on family’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting.

The court papers read: “Duggar has a widely-recognizable face and has spent the majority of his life in the public spotlight—making any concern that he is a risk of flight all the more unwarranted. 

“As he has demonstrated for the 17 months during which he has been aware of this investigation, there is no danger of Duggar fleeing.”

Josh’s legal team also said he found a third-party custodian to live with where there are no minor children in the residence. 

The court papers read: “Duggar is requesting that this Court permit him to return home to his immediate family during the pendency of this case. The residents of his home are his wife (who is pregnant) and their six children”

The Sun previously broke Josh was arrested for the federal charges in Washington County last Thursday.

The arrest is related to the 2019 Homeland Security raid on Josh's now-closed used car dealership in Springdale, Arkansas.

In November 2019, Homeland Security conducted an “ongoing federal investigation” at the lot.

According to the indictment, Josh “knowingly received child pornography” between or about May 14, 2019 and on or about May 16, 2019.

For the second count, Josh “knowingly possessed material that contained images of child pornography,” including “images of minors under the age of 12.”

According the Department of Justice, Josh “allegedly used 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.”

If convicted, he could receive 20 years in prison with fines up to $250,000 for each count. 

Josh pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment on Friday.

If released, the judge said at the hearing that Josh must reside with a third party.

She said at the hearing: "The court would likely require a third party custodian that he could reside with that would ensure compliance with the conditions of bond.

"It would need to be a residence where there are no minors in the home. You would need to look for somebody who could ensure to the court that there are no minors in the home or would not be visiting unsupervised."

Josh's wife, Anna, 32, announced she is pregnant with the couple's seventh child a week before the arrest with a gender reveal video.

The arrest comes after In Touch Weekly uncovered a 33-page Arkansas police report in 2015 claiming Jim Bob confessed to local authorities that his eldest son fondled the breasts and genitals of young girls while they were asleep in the Duggar family home back in 2006.

Following the allegations against him, Josh addressed the claim: "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.

"I hurt others, including my family and close friends.”

Josh was never charged with any crime related to the incidents.

His younger sisters Jill, 29, and Jessa, 28, came forward as two of the victims in an interview with Megyn Kelly, where they they insisted they had forgiven Josh for his sins.

More allegations followed for Josh, as another report just three months later claimed the former TLC star was using adultery dating service Ashley Madison.

He said: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this has become a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”

Soon after, porn star Danica Dillon, whose real name is Ashley Johnston, claimed he assaulted her during a sexual encounter.

Josh has always denied the alleged assault.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

 

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