Josh Duggar, Charged with Child Pornography Offenses, Asks Judge to Publish Him to His Wife and Six Children
Former conservative activist and also”19 Children and Counting” celebrity Josh Duggar, who was indicted last week on child pornography offenses, asked a federal judge on Tuesday to send him back home to his wife and six children.
“Duggar is asking this court allow him to return home to his immediate family during the pendency of the case,” Duggar’s lawyer Justin K. Gelfand composed at a nine-page short term. “The residents of the home are his spouse (who is pregnant) and their six children.”
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wiedemann stated during a hearing on Friday that if she did release Duggar, she’d likely require a third-party custodian in light of these charges against him.
His defense team proposed an alternate arrangement based upon the judge’s remarks.
“At the option and consistent with Chief Judge Wiedemann’s petition at arraignment, Duggar has supplied this Court’s Office of Pretrial Services that the title and contact data of a third-party custodian with whom Duggar will live,” the brief continues. “No minor children live in that home. It is the defense’s perception the Office of Pretrial Services has explored this potential instead of detention. Regardless of where he resides, Duggar is dedicated to abide by any conditions of release established by this court.”
The judge will hear the prosecution’s movement to maintain the 33-year-old reality TV celebrity behind bars at a detention hearing program on Wednesday afternoon.
Duggar’s attorneys noted that the case against their client started in November 2019, when Homeland Security Investigations executed a search on a car dealership their client worked.
The defense brief cites the 17-month passage of time since to argue for Duggar’s release.
“Ever since then, Duggar, his spouse, along with his six children have continued to live in the Western District of Arkansas as well as through legal counsel, Duggar has maintained an open conversation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the investigation,” the brief states. “The government permitted Duggar to self-surrender in connection with this case and he complied exactly as directedunderscoring his commitment to meet these charges and to accept and abide by any conditions of release established by this court.”
At the spring of 2015, Duggar apologized after reports surfaced accusing him of molesting four of the sisters along with a teenager.
“Twelve decades ago, as a young teenager, I behaved inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt other people, like my family and close friends,” Duggar told People magazine May 2015, at a statement sparse on details of his behavior. “I admitted this to my parents, who took a few actions to help me address the circumstance.”
USA Today reported later that Duggar touched a few girls’ breasts and genitals, frequently while they slept.
Josh Duggar’s attorneys say that prosecutors don’t allege any molestation.
“Indeed, whilst child porn crimes are definitely acute, the indictment surely doesn’t matter that Duggar personally interacted with a single kid and the Government would be hard-pressed to spot the way that conditions of release determined by this Court would not protect the community from criminal conduct,” their brief states. “Instead, this Court should conclude that the Government’s decision to not even bill Duggar before 17 months after executing the research 17 months through which Duggar fully complied with law enforcement, maintained an open dialogue with the Government through legal counsel, also continued to support his family through legal employment–unambiguously demonstrates that Duggar introduces no risk of flight or danger to the community”
The detention hearing has been scheduled for May 5 at 1:30 p.m. Central Time.
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