Coping with the fallout. Amid Josh Duggar’s baby pornography scandal, mother and father Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar have continuously spoken out about their emotions on the matter.
“We recognize your continued prayers for our household at the moment,” the 19 Children and Counting mother and father mentioned in an announcement to Us Weekly in April 2021. “The accusations introduced towards Joshua at this time are very critical. It’s our prayer that the reality, it doesn’t matter what it’s, will come to mild, and that it will all be resolved in a well timed method. We love Josh and Anna and proceed to wish for his or her household.”
Josh — who shares seven youngsters with spouse Anna Duggar — was arrested with out bail earlier that month on expenses of receiving and possessing baby sexual abuse materials. After a trial in his house state of Arkansas, Josh was discovered responsible and convicted in December 2021.
“This whole ordeal has been very grievous,” Jim Bob and Michelle informed Us in an announcement after the decision. “Right this moment, God’s grace, via the love and prayers of so many, have sustained us. Our hearts and prayers are with anybody who has ever been harmed via [child sexual abuse material].”
The political activist’s sentencing was scheduled for April 2022, nonetheless, a choose granted his movement filed that March to delay the proceedings till Might resulting from COVID-19 precautions and delays. He faces as much as 20 years in jail and $250,000 in fines for every rely.
Josh is the eldest baby of Jim Bob and Michelle. The twosome additionally share twins Jana Duggar and John-David Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Pleasure-Anna Duggar, twins Jedidiah Duggar and Jeremiah Duggar, Jason Duggar, James Duggar, Justin Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jennifer Duggar, Jordyn Duggar and Josie Duggar. In addition they have custody of Michelle’s nephew, Tyler.
Forward of his arrest, Josh was beforehand accused in 2015 of molesting a number of women — together with a number of of his sisters — when he was a youngster. Josh later admitted his actions, apologizing to his victims earlier than finishing a stint in a rehab facility.
“We’re so grateful for everybody who labored with Josh on this program. It was an important first step in restoration and therapeutic for Josh,” his mother and father wrote in an announcement after his departure from the power in March 2016. “Josh has now returned to Arkansas, the place he’ll proceed skilled counseling and concentrate on rebuilding relationships together with his household. We glance to God for assist and steerage and place all of our belief in Him. We’re ceaselessly grateful for the love and prayers provided by so many and hope you’ll proceed to wish within the days forward.”
Scroll beneath for Michelle and Jim Bob’s candid quotes on Josh’s struggles via the years: