Jinger Duggar and her husband were spotted shopping in Hollywood for a day after reporting that she suffered from child pornography filed against her brother Josh.
Josh, the 33-year-old former 19 Kids and Counting star, pleaded not guilty to federal charges Friday during a virtual court hearing ordering him to live with a third party with no children if he was bonded.
He is accused of receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Jinger, 27, who also bears her married name Vuolo, and husband Jeremy, 33, were seen Saturday with their five-month-old daughter Evangeline Jo.
The reality TV star was casually dressed in a black mask, denim jacket, white blouse and black jeans as she pushed their eldest daughter into a pram.
Jeremy, the former professional footballer, donned a colorful sports jacket, LA Dodgers baseball cap and black pants as he playfully lifted their youngest daughter, five-month-old Evangeline Jo, into the air.
The couple, who also have daughter Felicity, 2, appeared to be accompanied by a security guard on their jaunt through Hollywood’s shopping district.
Jinger Duggar, center, husband Jeremy Vuolo, left, was joined by another man when they went shopping in Hollywood on Saturday
Vuolo, 33, wore a colorful sports jacket, LA Dodgers baseball cap and black pants, and playfully lifted their youngest daughter, five-month-old Evangeline Jo, into the air
Josh Duggar pleaded not guilty to the federal child pornography charge during a virtual court hearing Friday
The couple were quick to respond to Duggar’s allegations after it was made public on Friday.
“We are concerned about the charges against Josh. While this case has to go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and the legal process in their pursuit of justice, ” the couple wrote in a statement shared to Instagram. .
Duggar’s parents and fellow ’19 Kids and Counting ‘stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also released a statement on Friday.
“We appreciate that you continue to pray for our family today. The charges brought against Joshua today are very serious, ” they said in the statement obtained by People magazine. “Our prayer is that the truth, whatever it is, will come to light, and all this will be resolved in a timely manner.”
They added, “We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their families.”
Jinger Duggar, right, and Andrew Vuolo, left, met on a mission trip to Central America in 2015, and were married in November of the following year
Vuolo is a former professional football player
Vuolo shares a tender moment with his youngest daughter Evangeline Jo, who is five months old
The couple released a statement condemning child abuse after Josh’s arrest: “ While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse. ”
Amy, 34, told The Sun: ‘At the moment I have no comment. I’m a little speechless, we just hope it’s not true.
“I spoke to some of my nieces and nephews after we heard about the arrest. We are in shock, but we don’t want to think the worst of anyone, you want to think the best.
“If true, it would absolutely destroy a lot of people.”
Amy added, “Anyone who knows Josh would be devastated. Just thinking about it makes me want to have a glass of wine right now. ‘
Josh pleaded not guilty to the federal indictment during a virtual hearing on Friday.
Duggar was arrested the day before in Springdale, Arkansas, after giving himself up, but the charges were not announced at the time.
According to the indictment, he was alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. Some of the child pornographic material he is accused of possessing shows children under the age of 12.
If convicted, Duggar could face up to 20 years in prison.
Before the allegations were formally announced, a source told The Sun that his wife was ‘standing by’ and accompanying him to the police station.
His arrest followed a Homeland Security raid on its now-closed car dealership, Wholesale Motorcars, in Springdale, Arkansas in November 2019. He was not charged at the time.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said they still loved Josh and prayed for him after his arrest
His parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, released a statement on Friday saying they were praying for their son and pregnant daughter-in-law.
“The charges brought against Joshua today are very serious,” they said.
It is our prayer that the truth, whatever it is, will come to light and all this will be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their families. ‘
The couple rose to fame on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting, which documented their family life in rural Arkansas and raised their children in a devout Christian Baptist setting.
The arrest marks Duggar’s last brush with the law after his father, Jim Bob, reported him to the police in 2006 for allegedly abusing five young girls at the age of fourteen and fifteen. police who eventually forced Jim Bob to report his son’s behavior to the authorities.
Josh’s behavior was first discovered in March 2002, when one of his youngest sisters went to Jim Bob ‘very upset and crying’. Josh admitted to touching her breasts and genitals multiple times while she was sleeping.
In the report, Jim Bob said Josh was “disciplined,” although he did not reveal what the discipline entailed.
But then more incidents followed. And it was revealed that Jim Bob decided to finally go to the authorities after an anonymous tip was made to the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline about Josh’s behavior.