Josh Duggar will be banned from living with his wife and children in the Arkansas family home if he is released on bail pending trial for child pornography, a judge has ruled.
The former 19 Kids and Counting star, 33, has been accused of receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material.
After filing his innocent plea to a court in Arkansas on Friday, US chief magistrate Judge Erin L. told the US attorney’s office.
This would prohibit Duggar from returning to the house where he lives with his wife Anna and their six children, the oldest of whom is only 11 years old.
Judge Wiedemann advised Duggar that he should work out an alternative home where he could stay while awaiting trial.
“Given the nature of the charges against him, the court would likely need a third-party custodian with whom he could live and who would make sure the bail conditions are met,” Judge Wiedemann said.
Josh and Anna Duggar, and their six children. Anna is pregnant with their 7th child while Josh tries to get bail
‘We are very sad about the whole thing, it is awful. It’s all very sad, ‘said Jill Duggar (along with her husband). Josh Duggar (left) pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges during a virtual court hearing Friday
Wiedemann said a probation officer would interview Duggar to determine if he is eligible for bail.
Duggar is accused of “using the Internet to download child sexual abuse material.”
Duggar reportedly owned this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, in May 2019, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
It is not clear if any of Duggar’s family would shelter him while awaiting trial.
Several members of the family have spoken out since news of his arrest was announced last week.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said they still loved Josh and prayed for him after his arrest
Jinger Duggar, center, husband Jeremy Vuolo, left, who went shopping in Hollywood on Saturday, released a joint statement saying they were ‘insane’ to hear about the allegations
Duggar’s sister told Jill The sun: ‘We are very sad about the whole thing, it is terrible. It’s all very sad. Josh’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child, I can’t imagine how she feels. ”
Jill’s husband Derick told The Sun that “if there is anything to do with child pornography, we hope that justice is done.”
Another of Josh’s sister, Jinger, and her husband, Jeremy, have also responded to Duggar’s allegations after they were made public 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.”
A trial date for his case has been set for July 6, with a pre-trial hearing on July 1.
If convicted, Duggar could face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 per count.