Following Thursday’s guilty verdict in Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial, some of his family members have offered official statements.
Josh Duggar was convicted on charges of sending and receiving material depicting the sexual abuse of children, and he now faces as much as 20 years in prison, plus fines of up to $250,000 for each count.
It is a stunning development for someone that TLC audiences first met more than a decade ago on reality shows such as 19 Kids and Counting.
Understandably, his family members had mixed emotions. They were glad the trial had come to an end and expressed support for Josh’s wife, Anna, and their seven children, who range in age from a newborn to a teenager.
How Josh Duggar’s Family Reacted To The Incident
Josh‘s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar addressed the subject on the family’s official website. They stated how this entire ordeal was grievous. Their hearts and prayers were with anyone who had ever been harmed through CSAM.
“In the days ahead, we will do all we can to surround our daughter-in-law Anna and their children with love and support. As parents, we will never stop praying for Joshua, and loving him, as we do all of our children.”
Meanwhile, one of Josh’s sisters, Jill Duggar Dillard, and her husband, Derick Dillard, shared their own reactions. It had been difficult for them and their hearts go out to the victims. They were thankful for the hard work of law enforcement, including investigators, forensic analysts, prosecutors, and all others involved who saved the kids and hold accountable those responsible for their abuse.
Both Jill and Derick had attended parts of the trial for Josh Duggar, who previously apologized for inappropriately touching children, including Jill, when he was a teen.