NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
What We Know About Josh Duggar's Prison Sentence
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This story contains discussions of sexual abuse towards children.
Some former fans of "19 Kids and Counting" weren't as surprised as you may think when Josh Duggar was arrested for possessing child sexual abuse material. The show was canceled in 2015 after it was revealed that Duggar sexually assaulted several of his sisters as children, leaving many people waiting for his sentencing. Finally, we have some answers.
Duggar was arrested and indicted on accusations of possessing child sexual abuse material, also known as child pornography, and his trial concluded in late 2021, with him being found guilty. He was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison after facing up to 20 years in prison for the crimes he committed, but his legal team has stated that they want to appeal the decision.
During the trial, Duggar was found guilty of two counts of knowingly receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material; however, Judge Timothy L. Brooks elected to dismiss the second count against him, therefore his sentence would not reflect this. The judge also suggested that Duggar serve time in a sexual offender treatment center, but this is optional.