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Sentencing set for Josh Duggar in federal child porn case

February 15, 2022 GMT
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A judge has set an April 2022 sentencing date for the former reality TV star, who was convicted last year of federal child pornography charges. Duggar — whose family was featured on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" - was convicted of one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count. The sentencing is set for April 5. Duggar's attorneys have filed for a new trial or acquittal. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A judge has set an April 2022 sentencing date for the former reality TV star, who was convicted last year of federal child pornography charges. Duggar — whose family was featured on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" - was convicted of one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count. The sentencing is set for April 5. Duggar's attorneys have filed for a new trial or acquittal. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A judge has set an April 2022 sentencing date for the former reality TV star, who was convicted last year of federal child pornography charges. Duggar — whose family was featured on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" - was convicted of one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count. The sentencing is set for April 5. Duggar's attorneys have filed for a new trial or acquittal. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A judge has set an April 2022 sentencing date for the former reality TV star, who was convicted last year of federal child pornography charges. Duggar — whose family was featured on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" - was convicted of one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count. The sentencing is set for April 5. Duggar's attorneys have filed for a new trial or acquittal. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)
FILE - This undated photo provided by the Washington County (Ark.) Jail shows Joshua Duggar. A judge has set an April 2022 sentencing date for the former reality TV star, who was convicted last year of federal child pornography charges. Duggar — whose family was featured on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" - was convicted of one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count. The sentencing is set for April 5. Duggar's attorneys have filed for a new trial or acquittal. (Washington County Arkansas Jail via AP, File)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A judge has set an April sentencing date for former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who was convicted last year of federal child pornography charges.

Duggar — whose family was featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” — was convicted of one count each of receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for each count.

U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks on Tuesday scheduled Duggar’s sentencing for April 5 in Fayetteville, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock.

Federal authorities said they began investigating Duggar after a Little Rock police detective found that child porn files were being shared by a computer traced to Duggar. A federal agent testified that images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including toddlers, were downloaded in 2019 onto a computer at a car dealership Duggar owned.

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Duggar’s attorneys have filed for a new trial or an acquittal. His trial attorneys had argued that someone else downloaded or uploaded the images onto the computer.