Duggar has apologized for his pornography addiction and cheating on his wife
A federal judge has denied motions to suppress video evidence found on electronic devices seized from former reality TV star Josh Duggar, facing child pornography charges.
US District Judge Timothy L. Brooks also said Monday that hearings on the motions were not necessary. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Duggar, who appeared on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting”, was charge in april With two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography.
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Duggar’s lawyers argued that the evidence in the case had become “stale” because so much time elapsed between federal agents downloading files from the confiscated devices and issuing search warrants.
Brooks said courts have found on several occasions that evidence in child pornography cases is not stale, even if the files were downloaded several months before the search warrant was issued.
Brooks said investigators did not take much time to examine the electronic equipment, noting that such searches are complex and could take some time.
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“Mr. Duggar cannot show that he was prejudiced by any delay; the devices remained in law enforcement’s safekeeping during this time period, and the probable cause of the initial seizure of the devices remained viable through the date of indictment, ” said Brooks.
Duggar, 33, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted and a fine of up to $250,000 in each case.
Brooks scheduled a jury trial for November 30.
TLC pulled “19 Kids and Counting” in 2015 over the revelation that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to being in love and apologized.
Duggar has also apologized for his pornography addiction and cheating on his wife.