Embattled reality star Josh Duggar has been arrested and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas announced Friday.
Duggar, 33, has been in the public eye since his family’s show premiered on TLC in 2008, and has previously faced accusations that he molested girls when he was a teen. In 2015, media outlets obtained copies of a police report revealing that, years earlier, his father told Arkansas State Police that Duggar had molested five girls, four of whom were his sisters, while they were sleeping.
In the wake of the molestation reports, TLC canceled his family’s show, which followed the large and devout Baptist family in Tontitown, Arkansas. It often highlighted their controversial religious teachings, which included strong patriarchal beliefs. It also starred Duggar’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, who served as a Republican in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002, and his mother, Michelle Duggar, who famously recorded a transphobic robocall in 2014.
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