In May, Josh, 33, was charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material, including some that Homeland Security special agent Gerald Faulkner described as ‘in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine.’
But now The Sun reports that the former 19 Kids and Counting star is hoping to put off his day in court until February 2022 so a computer forensic expert ‘can examine his devices.’
Criminal activity: Josh Duggar’s trial on child pornography charges is slated to begin next month, but the accused pedophile has asked an Arkansas judge to delay the trial until 2022
In May, Josh, 33, was charged with receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material (pictured with his wife, Anna, and their six kids)
Legal documents from Josh’s lawyers reportedly ask that the trial be pushed to a date ‘in or after February 2022.’
His lawyers calls Josh’s case ‘complex’ with a ‘several-year federal investigation,’ and they expect the trial to involve ‘computer forensic evidence and anticipated expert opinion testimony.’
Josh’s lawyers say they need more time for a computer forensic expert to review the evidence
To that end, they have ‘retained an independent computer forensic expert who must conduct a computer forensic examination of each of the devices at issue — a time-consuming process that requires review at a government facility for the one device the Government alleges contained child pornography.’
They said the computer forensic expert must ‘conduct a time-intensive process of reviewing the remaining devices that the Government does not allege contained child pornography,’ which they say could take several months.
Josh’s lawyers argued that they need more time to review the evidence and make investigations. They even claim that the government has not turned over all of the evidence.
‘Remarkably, the Government also recently disclosed — for the first time and only by way of a screenshot of an unidentified database — that two other Arkansas state law enforcement agencies allegedly participated in this investigation at least in a minimal capacity,’ reads the court documents, according to Us Weekly.
‘The search warrant applications make no reference to these agencies, the Special Agent’s testimony at the detention hearing made no mention of these agencies, and the remainder of the discovery does not reveal which agencies participated and what, if anything, these agencies did.’
The lawyers also claim that the government did not interview key witnesses. They also say that possible witness testimony could ‘obviate the need for a trial.’
Out: Josh was released on bail while he awaits trial for receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material
He is staying with a third party, family friends LaCount and Maria Reber
On April 29, Josh was arrested on federal charges following a 2019 Homeland Security raid on his property.
According to the indictment, he is alleged to have downloaded child sexual abuse material online in May 2019. Some of the material he is accused of possessing shows children under the age of 12.
His computer was reportedly equipped with a dark web browser that could have let him anonymously search for child porn. The ‘Tor’ browser would have allowed the him to bypass anti-porn software called ‘Covenant Eyes’ that his wife Anna installed to monitor what her husband downloaded.
If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years in prison.
On May 8, he was released on bail, with the condition that he stay with a third party, family friends LaCount and Maria Reber.
In court documents, his lawyers had argued that he ‘poses no flight risk’ because of his ‘deep roots’ in the community and his ‘widely recognizable face.’
Despite the seriousness of his charges, Josh is allowed to see his own six children — Mackynzie Renée, 11, Michael James, 10, Marcus Anthony, 7, Meredith Grace, 5, Mason Garrett, 3, and Maryella Hope, 18 months — with supervision.
Despite the seriousness of his charges, Josh is allowed to see his own six children with supervision
His wife, Anna, reportedly thinks he is innocent — and blames his parents for his arrest
According to People, his wife Anna, 32, — who is pregnant with their seventh child — has already visited with the kids.
‘[Josh] has seen [his] children with Anna there. She has to be there,’ an insider claimed.
The insider also said that Anna is convinced that her husband is innocent.
‘She’s standing by him,’ the source said. ‘She thinks Josh is innocent.’
Meanwhile, a source told The Sun that soon-to-be-mother-of-seven is in ‘denial’ and blames Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle.
‘Jim Bob is telling people she is defending Josh and no longer speaking to most of the family,’ the source said.
‘Jim Bob said she blames him and wife Michelle for Josh’s arrest. Anna feels it all stems from how they dealt with his previous molestation scandal after he assaulted his sisters.’
She is also pointing a finger at the President.
‘She also thinks that this case is a conspiracy theory against her husband set up by the Biden administration,’ the source said. ‘She believes that if Donald Trump was still in power this would not be happening, and refuses to believe he’s done anything wrong.’
Anna, who married Josh in 2008, has stuck by him through sexually deviant behavior in the past
All’s forgiven! Josh famously admitted to molesting four of his younger sisters and a fifth child when he was a teenager and has continued to be allowed around kids
Anna has stuck by Josh through sexually deviant behavior in the past.
In 2015, an unearthed police report revealed that Josh had sexually abused four of younger siblings, as well as a fifth minor, when he was a teenager.
Josh had gone to a faith-based rehab facility in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003 after his parents learned of the molestation, and spent three months in the facility, which was owned by the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), a Christian ministry and training program founded by Bill Gothard.
While little has been revealed about the program, people associated with IBLP have claimed that Josh was required to do manual labor and was not allowed to speak during that time.
He was also allegedly required to shave his head, the results of which can be seen in the Duggars’ first TV special on Discovery Health, 14 Children and Pregnant Again.
The abuse was kept a secret until 2015 — and just months after it came to light, Josh was discovered to be using the adultery website Ashley Madison.
Josh confessed to being unfaithful and having an ‘addiction’ to pornography, and went away for several months to a $7,500-per-month Christian treatment center for addiction.
Josh has not only been allowed around his own children, but he has frequently spent time in his parents’ house, where he is around more minors including his siblings and his nieces
During that time, Anna stuck by him, too, even flying up to the Christian treatment center for visits.
In 2015, she called the ordeal ‘heartbreaking’ in an episode of Counting On.
‘It was definitely hard, and I think it is such a betrayal for a spouse to go through what we’re walking through’ she said. ‘It was hard to realize that it was such a public [ordeal].’
‘Here we were as a Christian couple, everyone was able to see us get married and vow before God to be loyal to each other, and that loyalty was broken.
‘For my heart it was just like, “How could this happen in our marriage? Josh is my first love, my one and only.”
In 2016, she wrote about moving forward in a blog post, saying: ‘2015 was the most difficult year of my life. Yet, amazingly I’ve found that in my own life crisis God has drawn near to me (“He’s near to the brokenhearted” Psalms 34:18) and my faith has been more precious to me than ever before.’
For some time after, Anna refrained from posting pictures of Josh on Instagram, but with time, she was back to including him on social media.
‘Redemption is a beautiful thing!’ she told a fan who commented on Josh’s presence in Instagram photos.
As recently as a week before his arrest, Anna was even taking to Instagram to defend her husband against critics.
When an Instagram commenter asked, ‘How do you afford all those kids? Does Josh even work?’ Anna shot back: ‘Yes, my husband is a diligent worker and provides well for our family.’