Duggar Family Members Speak Out About Josh’s Arrest – Anna Duggar’s Response Will Surprise Some
Anna Duggar is standing by Josh after his arrest for child pornography but the judge stands in the way of him returning home.
As Josh Duggar is facing the possibility of spending 20 years behind, his pregnant wife is dealing with her own new reality.
Anna and Josh Duggar recently announced they are expecting their seventh child. That happy news was quickly overshadowed by Josh’s arrest for receiving and possessing child pornography.
— Garrett Fergeson (@Garrett_Photo) April 30, 2021
He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday in court in Arkansas.
Previous Child Molestation
This isn’t Josh’s first brush with accusations of this sort.
Previously, he admitted that when he was a teen he molested several young girls, including some of his own sisters.
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That 2015 revelation led to the cancelation of the family’s show “19 Kids And Counting.”
Those horrific actions occurred before he and Anna married. The current charges stem from alleged actions that happened since he became a father. Many wondered if Anna would feel differently about these allegations.
While many mothers would instantly shield their children from their father with these sort of accusations, Anna Duggar has a different approach.
She is standing by her man.
“Anna is standing by her husband as she always has,” a source said. “She even accompanied Josh to Fayetteville on Thursday so he could turn himself into authorities. Josh and Anna asked the family to pray for them, and said that they love them.”
Anna Duggar stood by her man before and in 2016, she said, “God’s grace can give me the strength to love Josh when others would say he doesn’t deserve it.” That was after he finished six months in a faith-based rehab for his porn addiction.
No matter how she feels, the law might limit Anna’s options with regards to her husband’s living at their home.
Given the seriousness of these charges, the government will not allow him to live with his own minor children.
Journalist Garrett Fergeson reports the “judge said if bond is granted, Duggar will need to ‘live in a home without minors.'”
Duggars Respond To Josh’s Arrest
Some of Josh’s sibling have chimed in. They are taking a completely different approach than Anna.
They are not giving Josh a pass.
“We are disturbed to hear of the charges against Josh,” Jinger Duggar Vuolo posted on Instagram. “While this case must go through the legal system, we want to make it clear that we absolutely condemn any form of child abuse and fully support the authorities and judicial process in their pursuit of justice.”
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Josh’s sister Jessa and her husband Ben Seewald shared a statement on their Instagram stories.
“We are saddened to hear of the charges against Josh,” the couple’s statement says. “As Christians, we stand against any form of pornography or abuse and we desire for the truth to be exposed, whatever that may be. Our prayers are with their family as they walk through this difficult time.”
“This is just very sad for our family,” Josh’s sister, Jill, and her husband, Derek Dillard, exclusively told ET,
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar also issued a statement on their website.
“We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious,” Jim Bob and Michelle’s wrote. :It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family.”