Sexual assault material allegedly aged 7

Fayetteville, Arkansas – formerly 19 kids and counting Federal prosecutors said in opening statements Wednesday that reality star Josh Duggar downloaded photos and videos to a work computer of children as young as 7 being “abused,” “violated” and “exploited.”

The jury heard pictorial descriptions on Wednesday of materials from the plaintiffs, while Duggar’s defense asserted that the 33-year-old did not have the technical knowledge to discreetly browse illegal content on a computer. Duggar, the eldest son of his famous fundamentalist Christian family, was arrested in Arkansas in April and Charged with knowingly receiving and possessing child sexual abuse material. He pleaded not guilty to both counts. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 per charge if convicted.

“We hold him accountable,” Assistant US Attorney Dustin Roberts said Wednesday in his opening statement, looking at the jury and referring to Duggar, who appeared in court but did not speak. His wife Anna Duggar sat at the show.

According to prosecutors, Duggar used a device that effectively “split” his HP desktop computer into “two independent sides”, allowing him to unilaterally use the computer in the “shed-like” office to sell his used cars for usual business purposes while browsing content Illegal on the other hand.

Roberts said that in one case, Duggar downloaded a video titled “” that showed a girl of about 8 years old displaying her genitals before she was eventually caged.

Defense attorney Justin Gelfand argued that Duggar did not have the knowledge to install the complex software on his work computer. He noted that someone else was responsible, describing the case as an “old-fashioned criminal.”

The defense also blamed government investigators for moving slowly to investigate the illegal activity – which was discovered by law enforcement in May 2019 but not reported by officials until June 2019. According to the defense, law enforcement unfairly linked the activity to Dujar before exploring everything else. Potential avenues, like co-workers.

The prosecution’s first witness was Detective Amber Calmer, who began investigating child sexual abuse activity in June 2019.

On Wednesday, she testified that she was able to download portions of the content recorded by her monitoring software. One of the videos she watched, she said, featured “two pre-pubertal women whose vaginal areas were enlarged, and penetration by an adult male.” Calmer added that she was also able to view pictures of naked girls with “the focus on the vagina.” There were 65 photos.

When I first reviewed the content in June 2019, she told the court she didn’t assume the activity was linked to any particular individual โ€” she only had an IP address in Springdale, Arkansas, and she reported to a fellow law enforcement there, who agreed. Never investigate. She said law enforcement was able to ask which ISP was connecting to the exact IP address, which led them to Duggar.

Federal officials confiscated Duggar’s iPhone, MacBook, and HP desktop devices at the agency, among other devices, via a search warrant in November 2019. Prosecutors said the devices were sent to Washington, D.C. for review, and investigators found Duggar used what is known as a peer-to-peer network. A peer at his company’s desktop computer, Wholesale Motor Cars.

These networks include devices connected directly to other computers or servers, allowing easy exchange of files for downloading or sharing. Prosecutors said these systems are known by law enforcement as a common way of distributing child sexual abuse material.

Another law enforcement officer involved in the investigation is expected to testify on Wednesday afternoon.

Duggar was released from prison in May after a virtual federal custody hearing and was ordered to remain with third-party trustees, Laconte and Maria Rieber, who are family friends. The court ruled that he does not watch or possess any pornography or erotica โ€œof any kind,โ€ nor is he allowed to access the Internet from any type of device. He must wear a GPS monitor and be allowed to see his children only in the presence of their mother – although contact with any other minors is prohibited, according to court records.

The trial comes just days after his wife Birth Announced From their seventh child on November 16. His father, Jim Bob Duggar, also recently announced that he is running for the Arkansas State Senate. He and his wife, Michelle Duggar, have called allegations Against their son ‘Very Serious’ and ‘Keep Praying’ for Josh and Anna’s family.

The family, known for their family size and ultra-conservative beliefs through TLC’s reality show and spin-off shows, was admitted to 2015 Fox News. to interview That Josh Duggar molested five girls as a teenager, including his four younger sisters and a nanny. They said in the interview that he and the girls had received counseling and that the family did not believe there was any future threat of wrongdoing; In their view, he was only “curious about girls”.

Duggar apologized in a May 2015 statement to the people magazine, she says, “Twelve years ago, when I was a young teen, I acted without excuse and I’m so sorry for it and so sorry. I’ve hurt others, including my family and close friends.”

in a Monday hearingDuggar’s lawyers have argued that the testimony of Jim Bob Duggar as well as the parents of the girl accused of harassment, Josh Duggar, should be kept secret during the trial under “clerical privilege” – meaning they should be excused because they are church leaders.

“The clergyman’s privilege — also referred to as the penitent priest’s privilege or religious privilege — is a well-established privilege that protects certain communications from disclosure,” Duggar’s attorneys said in a note filed Tuesday.

Prosecutors challenged that idea, and the judge didn’t make a decision until Tuesday afternoon The New York Times reported.

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