Supreme Court Rejects Reality Star’s Appeal

( – On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected former reality star Josh Duggar‘s attempt to overturn his 12-year prison sentence for his conviction for crimes against children.

Allegations Duggar, 36, who starred on the show “19 Kids and Counting” on TLC, allegedly acted inappropriately with four of his sisters first came to light in 2006 when a friend of Duggar’s sent police information about the alleged incidents. However, because the statute of limitations had passed, the investigation could not continue.

The show was canceled in 2015 when the allegations reemerged as Duggar sought treatment and apologized for his alleged addiction and marital infidelity.

Despite his apology, in 2019, police detectives from the Little Rock, Arkansas Police Department found Duggar possessing photos of children on a computer at a car dealership owned by Duggar.

In 2021, Duggar was found guilty of charges related to crimes against children by a federal jury in Arkansas. In May 2022, he was sentenced to serve 151 months in the Washington County Jail in Arkansas. Duggar has since been transferred to FCI Seagoville in Texas. In 2023, his sentence was extended by two months after he allegedly was found in possession of a contraband cell phone. He will remain in prison until October 2032.

Duggar’s attorneys appealed, attempting to overturn the conviction and sentence. According to Dugger, a former employee at the car dealership with a prior conviction could have been responsible for the images on the computer. However, unless Duggar could prove the former employee had access to the computer, he was not allowed by the trial court to mention the possibility.

In 2023, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s decision. Duggar argued the appeals court’s decision violates the 6th Amendment and his right to present a complete defense. The Supreme Court rejected the case without comment.

Duggar and his wife, Anna Duggar, are parents to seven children.

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