FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. (KNWA / KFTA) – Jury selection set to begin Tuesday in the trial of former reality TV star Josh Duggar, 33, who is charged with one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography .
Duggar, best known for his family role on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting”, faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count if he is. found guilty.
Duggar was arrested on April 29, 2021, but allegations of his behavior date back almost two decades. The following is a chronology of the events of the case.
2002-2003: Court documents detail statements Duggar made to witnesses regarding alleged acts of child abuse from 2002 to 2003 when he was 14-15 years old.
Although Duggar has never been charged with a felony as a minor, the graphic representation of the acts in court documents includes descriptions of “digital penetration” and other touching on five underage girls, four of whom are sisters. by Duggar.
Court documents say all of the girls were at least three years younger than Duggar.
According to court documents, Duggar’s father Jim Bob Duggar met with “church elders” after hearing his son admit to the alleged activities. After telling these church members what had happened, they suggested a “treatment” program.
According to a statement by Jim Bob Duggar in court documents, his son was sent to a Christian program called the Institute in Basic Life Principles. (IBLP) Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, for four months, until July 17, 2003.
Jim Bob Duggar also spoke to Arkansas State Soldier Joseph T. Hutchens in March 2003. Hutchens gave Duggar a “very harsh speech” about what might happen if he “pursued such a behviour “. Jim Bob Duggar told police Hutchens said “there was nothing else to do,” according to the police report.
Hutchens, 75, is currently serving 56 years in prison in Wrightsville, Arkansas, on child pornography charges.
Admission of Jim Bob Duggar’s testimony as relevant to the upcoming trial has been the subject of several court filings by both parties. The case is expected to be decided by Judge Timothy L. Brooks at a preliminary hearing on November 29.
7-8 Dec 2006: Members of the Duggar family were scheduled to appear on the December 8, 2006 recording of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” but the producers canceled the appearance after receiving an anonymous email detailing Duggar’s alleged behavior just a day before the show is not recorded.
Winfrey’s staff contacted a child abuse hotline and contacted the police.
December 12, 2006: Springdale Police have questioned Jim Bob, Michelle and Josh Duggar. Police also interviewed several girl victims of the alleged assaults.
December 20, 2006: Police have determined that the time limit within which they can file a complaint for the 2002-03 acts has expired.
March 2015: Court documents show Duggar was sued by Danica Dillon, a 27-year-old woman who said he proposed her to a Philadelphia strip club and paid $ 1,500 “for her company.”
Dillon said Duggar then assaulted her while they were having sex and that she suffered both physically and emotionally after the incident.
May 21, 2015: The magazine “In Touch Weekly” published 2006 police reports regarding allegations of sexual assault by Duggar as a youth.
May 22, 2015: The TLC Network has removed from its schedule all reruns of “19 Kids and Counting”, the Duggar family’s reality show, with the following statement: “We are deeply saddened and disturbed by this heartbreaking situation and our thoughts and our prayers are with the family and victims in this difficult time.
July 16, 2015: TLC canceled “19 Kids and Counting”.
August 20, 2015: Duggar admitted to being “unfaithful to [his] wife ”after a report came out alleging that Duggar was a member of Ashley Madison, a Canadian website for adults looking for extramarital affairs.
I have been the greatest hypocrite of all time. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly viewed Internet pornography for the past few years and it has become a secret addiction and I have become unfaithful to my wife.
Josh Duggar, in a statement on duggarfamily.com
The testimony regarding Duggar’s admission on this matter is another matter that has been the subject of documents filed in court by the prosecution and defense teams.
May 18, 2017: Four of Duggar’s sisters have filed a complaint alleging a violation of their privacy regarding the 2015 release of police reports on their brother’s alleged assault. This trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9 in the Western Arkansas District Court in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
2019: On November 19, Homeland Security investigated Wholesale Motorcars, Duggar’s workplace. Court documents indicate that downloads allegedly made to a computer from May 14 to 16 were initially reported by the Little Rock Police Department and attributed to Duggar’s IP address.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Gerald Faulkner discussed one particular case describing child sexual abuse involving children aged 18 months to 12 years, describing what he found to be “In the top five of the worst worst I’ve ever had to review.
Admission of Constable Faulkner’s statement as evidence in the upcoming trial has been the subject of legal motions by both the prosecution and the defense.
April 29, 2021: Duggar is arrested and placed in federal custody without bail.
April 30, 2021: Duggar made his first trial court appearance, via Zoom, and was formally charged.
May 5, 2021: A detention hearing was held in court and Duggar was turned over to designated third party custodians, friends of the Lacount family and Maria Reber. The terms of release indicated that Duggar would be confined to their home with electronic GPS surveillance.
Duggar is allowed to have unlimited contact with his children if his wife is present. However, he is not allowed to have any contact with any other minor child, including his siblings, five of whom are still under 18.
Duggar has also been under the supervision of the United States Probation Office and must be limited to third party house arrest at all times, except for court-ordered obligations, labor, or other activities approved to advance.
It is not permitted to own or examine erotic articles of any kind, to access or use any Internet device, or to obtain passwords from its custodians.
He has also been ordered to surrender his passport and is prohibited from leaving the United States, travel being limited to the Western District of Arkansas.
June 2021: With the trial due to start on July 6, the defense requested a postponement until February 2022. The court ruled that this was an “unnecessary delay”. The trial is then set for November 30.
October 29, 2021: Jim Bob Duggar announced his candidacy for the Arkansas State Senate, District 7. He previously served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.
November 2021: The two parties file several petitions with the court, concerning various issues, including the eligibility and relevance of witnesses. The prosecution details their repeated attempts to serve subpoenas on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, their process server’s efforts requiring 15 hours of unsuccessful work.
November 17, 2021: Duggar’s wife Anna announced the birth of their seventh child in an Instagram post. Madyson Lily Duggar was born on October 23.
November 18, 2021: At a preliminary hearing, Judge Timothy L. Brooks decides that an evidentiary hearing will be required before the trial can begin.
This hearing is scheduled for November 29, with jury selection scheduled to begin the next day.
November 30, 2021: The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas.