Josh Duggar’s past may come back to haunt him when his child sex abuse case goes to trial later this month.
According to the Northwest Arkansas News, the prosecution in the former 19 Kids and Counting star’s case filed motions this week requesting they be allowed to discuss the 33-year-old’s past sexual molestation admissions at his November trial.
Josh is set to go to trial this month for his April 2021 arrest in which he was charged for receiving and possessing child p0rnography.
As you may remember, it was revealed in 2015 that Josh had molested four of his sisters and another young girl beginning around 2002. (He was a teen at the time.) Josh admitted to (and allegedly received counseling for) sexually molesting the minor females, and while he was never formally charged for his crimes, it did result in the cancelation of “19 Kids and Counting.” His sisters– Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo and Joy-Anna Forsyth— later came forward as Josh’s victims. The fifth victim has never come forward publicly.
The state allegedly plans to use the information-– including the police report–- to show Josh’s alleged “sexual interest in young girls” and to inform the jury that “the defendant committed other acts of child molestation.”
The prosecution argues that discussing Josh’s previous molestations will establish that Josh has a “propensity to commit the charged child sex offense.”
They also plan to point out that Josh’s victims during the previous molestations in questions were all minors, and some were “girls in the approximate age range of the victims depicted in the child sexual abuse material” that Josh is accused of downloading or attempting of downloading.
According to The Sun, Josh responded to the motion, demanding the judge not allow the government and witnesses to discuss the information.
“There is no question the allegations at issue arise at a time when Duggar was a minor and the allegations at issue in this case arise at a time when Duggar was in his thirties,” the response filed by Josh and his legal team reads.
Josh argued that in addition to the police report being “unlawfully leaked,” his conduct in that crime “sheds no light” on whether he “knowingly received or possessed alleged child p0rnography on three days in 2019 as the indictment alleges.”
Josh’s legal team filed a motion of their own this week, requesting that a statement made by Special Agent Gerald Faulkner— about the child sex abuse material allegedly found on Josh’s device being some of the worst he’s ever seen in his career— be banned from trial, The Sun reports because it’s simply his “opinion.”
“And I can say is in the 11 years of doing this and the thousands and thousands of child p0rnography images and videos I’ve unfortunately [had] to see, the [file allegedly found on Josh’s devices] ranks in the top five of the worst-worst that I’ve ever had to examine,” the special agent stated during a May 2021 detention hearing.
Josh’s defense team called the special agent’s opinion “completely irrelevant, unfairly prejudicial, and constitutes improper opinion testimony.” According to the team, the comment “should not be admitted” as it will “mislead the jury” and “needlessly waste time.”
A judge has not ruled on the motions filed.
Josh’s jury trial is set for November 30.
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