Josh Duggar’s sister Jill and husband Derick have broken their silence over the former 19 Kids and Counting star’s child pornography arrest.
Jill and Derick spoke with The sun on Josh’s recent arrest on two child pornography cases, where Jill said, “We are very sad about the whole thing, it’s awful. It’s all very sad. Josh’s wife Anna is pregnant with their seventh child, I can’t imagine how she feels. ”
Derick told the news outlet that ‘if there is anything related to child pornography, we hope that justice is done’.
‘I don’t think anyone supports child pornography. We are sad for Anna, put yourself in her situation and imagine how you would feel if that happened to your family member. I imagine it would be very difficult, ”he added.
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 without children if he bonded.
Josh Duggar’s sister, Jill, and husband Derick (together) have broken their silence over the former 19 Kids and Counting star’s child pornography arrest
‘We are very sad about the whole thing, it is awful. It’s all very sad, ”said Jill (along with her husband). Josh Duggar (left) pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges during a virtual court hearing Friday
He is accused of receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.
Josh’s other sister, Jinger, and her husband, Jeremy, have also responded to Duggar’s allegations after they were 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.”
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 devastate 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 Duggar was taken into custody in Springdale, Arkansas on Thursday after giving himself up, but the charges were not announced at the time.
Josh’s other sister Jinger (center) and husband Jeremy Vuolo (left) have also responded to Duggar’s allegations after being made public this Friday. ‘We are concerned about the allegations against Josh,’ the couple said, adding that they absolutely condemn any form of child abuse.
Jinger (right) and Vuolo (left) met on a mission trip to Central America in 2015 and were married in November of the following year
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.
Josh Duggar’s sister and brother-in-law, Jessa and husband Ben Seewald, also spoke out after pleading not guilty to receiving and possessing child pornography.
The couple took to their respective Instagram stories on Saturday to share the same statement, explaining that they are “sad” to hear of the allegations and are keen to “bring the truth to light.”
“We are sad to hear of the allegations against Josh,” the statement read. ‘As Christians, we are against any form of pornography or abuse and we long for the truth to come to light, whatever that may be. Our prayers are with their families as they go through this difficult time. ‘
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, 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 reported him to police in 2006 for allegedly abusing five young girls multiple times when he was 14 and 15.
It took several years and a tip to the local police that 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.