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Former reality star Josh Duggar gets more than 12 years in prison for child abuse material

Josh Duggar – the 34-year-old former star of the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting – has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison for receiving child abuse material.

Duggar, whose large family led by conservative Christian values ​​was the focus of TLC’s most popular reality show, was convicted of downloading child abuse material onto his work computer.

The eldest Duggar child’s public demise ended Wednesday in U.S. court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he was sentenced to 151 months in prison.

Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks to grant Duggar the maximum term of 20 years, arguing in a pre-sentencing court filing that he has a “deep, pervasive and violent sexual interest in children.”

The one-time former star, who is married with seven children, was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock police detective discovered that child abuse files were being shared by a computer traced to him.

Investigators testified that images of child sexual abuse, including toddlers, were downloaded to a computer at a car dealership he owned in 2019.

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