On Wednesday the oldest Duggar child of 19 Kids & Counting, Josh, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after child pornography was found on his work computer.
The sentence given to Josh Duggar, a 34-year-old father of seven was 12 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation, as well he was ordered to pay fines amounting to $50,100. Prosecutors had requested a 20-year sentence.
Investigators accused Duggar of having over 200 images of child porn on his devices "ranging from about 18 months of age to 12 years of age." Josh pled not guilty, but the court found the evidence overwhelming and the sentence shows.
Josh was the oldest of 19 siblings with parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. They were on two hit TV shows over the past decade with 19 Kids & Counting and Counting On. The show was cancelled back in 2015 after Josh admitted to molesting his sisters when they were younger. On the show, the family continued to profess Christian beliefs and morals in their household.
On Thursday after the sentence, Josh's sister and brother-in-law Jill and Derick Dillard spoke out on their website about the trial.
"The last several weeks and months have been difficult emotionally," says the Dillards. "Yesterday was another one of those hard days. We are neither rejoicing nor disappointed by the sentence, but we are thankful it’s finally over."
Part of the sentencing is that he can't have unsupervised contact with minors, including his own children. He will be required to attend sex offender treatment and is prohibited from watching pornography of any kind.
"The Bible clearly states that God effects justice and vengeance through the governing authorities," says Josh's younger sister. "Though some believe Josh should have received a greater sentence and still fewer believe he should have received a lighter sentence, God has carried out his vengeance today for his unspeakable criminal activity. Until now, he has yet to be held accountable to the extent necessary to cause change in his dangerous pattern of behavior."
Jason "Jase" Duggar, Josh's younger brother also commented on the sentencing on his Instagram story.
"My heart is grieved over the choices my brother has made, his actions do not reflect that of a Christian believer and have doubtlessly defamed my Lord and Saviors name!! Joshua's poor decisions have greatly effected [sic] those around him, in particular his wife, seven children and our family as a whole."
The younger brother went on to say that ultimately he forgives his older brother.
"With that said, I will never stop loving my brother, regardless of what he does, just as my savior has forgiven me so I have forgiven my brother of his wrongdoings! My prayer is that God will use this circumstance to truly humble him and bring about a true change in his life!"