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Lawyers for Josh Duggar, the 33-year-old former reality TV star accused of receiving and possessing child pornography, asked that he be released on bail in a court document filed Tuesday.
“Duggar is requesting that this Court permit him to return home to his immediate family during the pendency of this case,” his lawyers wrote in the court filing. “The residents of his home are his wife (who is pregnant) and their six children.”
Lawyers argued that Duggar, who on Friday pleaded not guilty to the charges, does not pose a flight risk or a risk to the community because he has since November 2019 complied with the investigation into him.
A hearing on bail is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Duggar was arrested in Arkansas by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday and is in federal custody.
Federal prosecutors said in a press release that he “allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material” in 2019. Some of that material involved children under the age of 12, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said he could face 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted of the charges.
Duggar’s family, who were famously featured on the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting,” issued a statement about the arrest last week.
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time,” parents Jim Bob and Michelle said in a statement posted to the Duggar family website on Friday.
“The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious,” they continued. “It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner.”
The Duggars concluded their statement by reiterating their love for Josh and his wife, Anna, and said they’d be praying for their family.
Duggar’s arrest came just days after he and Anna announced that they were expecting their seventh child.
In 2015, TLC canceled the popular “19 Kids and Counting” show that made Duggar and his family famous after 15 seasons amid allegations that Duggar had molested four of his younger sisters and a babysitter as a teenager.
According to the Washington Post, at the time those allegations were made public, the former reality star responded via Facebook statement: “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. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
“I have been the biggest hypocrite ever,” he wrote in an August 2015 statement, according to People. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”
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